The Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) began its strategic planning process in 2010 with an environmental scan, a retreat, and a final report presented to the Executive Council. Subsequent to adoption of the final plan, IPHA will move forward with a strong implementation and evaluation approach.
A number of tools were used to conduct the environmental scan:
- 2010 Membership Online Survey (April 2010)
- Resource Development Plan (July 2010)
- Strategic Planning Participant Survey Results (Summary) (September 2010)
- Key Informant Survey Results (September 2010)
- Strategic Planning Retreat Discussion (September 2010)
Results of the scan generated a number of themes: tough current financial times; opportunities for IPHA in health care reform, advocacy and continuing education; the need for increased member engagement; the need to demonstrate cost-effectiveness of public health and prevention (white paper); the importance of focusing on a few priorities.
On September 23, 2010, twenty-nine representatives of IPHA leadership met to develop a preliminary strategic plan. As a result of that meeting, the mission was revised, a vision was identified, and focus areas were characterized.
Mission: Lead and advance public health practice in Illinois.
Vision: Wellness and health equity.
Focus areas: Public health system improvement; policy; membership and organizational capacity.
Subsequent to the retreat, the IPHA Executive Council proposed and approved an IPHA internal vision statement:
The Illinois Public Health Association strives to build a high performing sustainable, well-funded public health system in all areas of Illinois that:
- Prioritizes primary prevention,
- Ensures the health and safety of the public,
- Is served by a diverse and professional workforce,
- Advocates for and articulates the fundamental value of public health.