Together! Healthy Linn

About Together! Healthy Linn

Together! Healthy Linn is a local collaborative effort that informs the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for all of Linn County, Iowa. A CHA is conducted every three years, and is a process that involves the community in identifying community needs and assets to develop a plan of action for improving health related issues. Together! Healthy Linn uses the MAPP framework to guide the CHA-CHIP process. 

Many different organizations are involved in Together! Healthy Linn, including hospitals and clinics, not-for-profits, government agencies, law enforcement, and faith organizations. If you would like more information,  please email or call 319.892.6000.

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Together! Healthy Linn Vision

"The local public health system is collaborative, engaged in the community, responsive to community needs, easy to navigate, focused on prevention, and creates access for all. The system is designed for a culture of health, and promotes an active, safe, empowered, resilient, and connected community that embraces diversity and equity."

2018 Community Health Assessment

Together! Healthy Linn finalized the 2018 Community Health Assessment in July 2018, guided by the vision and input from the Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee. Community involvement and input was central to the process, with over 65 community partners participating in steering or subcommittees. The results of the 2018 assessment inform the 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan.

The full assessment reports and the executive summary of the 2018 Community Health Assessment are available on the Reports and Publications page of the Linn County Public Health website. 

On August 22, 2018, the Linn County Board of Health received an update of the progress of the 2018 CHA-CHIP to date. The presentation slides are available here

2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan

Workgroups are being formed to identify goals and strategies for the 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan. Meetings will be held: 

  • Mental Health: October 23, 12:30-2:30
  • Obesity: October 31, 10:30-12:30
  • Safety: November 8, 1:30-3:30

To RSVP, please complete this survey. 

Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee Members

The steering committee is comprised of individuals that represent sectors of the community. The role of the steering committee is to guide and oversee the CHA-CHIP process, including the assessments, planning, marketing/communication, implementation, and evaluation. The steering committee is also tasked with identifying resources to complete the CHA-CHIP, and include community partners and representatives throughout the process.  

 Name  Organization Sector
 Jeffrey Hanson Alliant Energy Business Community
 Joe McHale City of Marion Police Department Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
 Nichelle Cline Kirkwood Community College Education
 Stephanie Neff Cedar Rapids Community School District Education
 Mary Tarbox Mount Mercy University Education
 John Harris Linn County Board of Supervisors Elected Officials
 Liz Mathis State of Iowa Senator Elected Officials
 Dale Todd City of Cedar Rapids City Council  Elected Officials
 Ashley Vanorny City of Cedar Rapids City Council Elected Officials
RaeAnn Gordon Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Environmental Organization
 Ronda Anderson Bethany Lutheran Church Faith Community
 Pramod Dwivedi Linn County Public Health Government Agencies
 Sandi Fowler City of Cedar Rapids Government Agencies
 Lynda Waddington The Gazette Media
 Melissa Cullum Mercy Medical Center Medical Providers
 Joe Lock Eastern Iowa Health Center Medical Providers
 Lori Weih UnityPoint - St. Lukes Medical Providers
Kathy Horan   AbbeHealth Mental Health & Aging
 Karla Twedt-Ball Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Philanthropy
 Leslie Wright United Way of East Central Iowa Philanthropy 
 Barb Gay  Area Substance Abuse Agency Substance Abuse

2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

In early 2016, Together! Healthy Linn finalized the 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan, which identifies action steps to address the priority issues from the assessment. The community will work on strategic issues, goals, and objectives through the end of calendar year 2018.

Once the CHIP was approved by the Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee, subcommittees were formed for each strategic priority area, and each subcommittee developed a detailed action plan. Action plans are living documents, continuously being updated based on the changing needs of the community. However, the most recently updated action plans for each subcommittee can be found here:

Page last reviewed: September 14, 2018
Page last updated: September 14, 2018