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SHIP Implementation Coordination Council

SHIP Implementation Coordination Council The Governor-appointed State Health Improvement Plan Implementation Coordination Council (SHIP ICC) is an interdisciplinary council that is tasked with developing implementation strategies for the state’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). The SHIP council convenes a diverse group of public health professionals and leaders in other sectors that that will support a comprehensive approach to ensuring the optimal health of all Illinoisans.

The SHIP is a framework to address public health issues through an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes the strengths of the entire public health system. Under law, the state of Illinois must complete a SHIP every four years with the goal of creating a system that ensures optimal physical, mental, and social well-being for all people in Illinois through a high-functioning public health system. The most recent SHIP was updated in August 2010 to reflect federal health care reform and other updates to state health policies.

In July 2010, the Governor signed legislation creating a Governor-appointed council to implement the SHIP, one of the recommendations of the SHIP planning team. The group will provide further definition of priorities and action steps, engage stakeholders to enact SHIP objectives, and promote the plan as a common agenda across the public health system.

The SHIP calls for the state to improve access to comprehensive health-related services, enhance data and information technology in the health care sectors, address the social factors affecting health and health disparities, manage and improve the public health system, and ensure sufficient workforce in the health care and public health fields. The SHIP is prevention-focused and centered on the following priority health concerns: alcohol/tobacco, use of illicit drugs/misuse of legal drugs, mental health, environment, obesity (including nutrition and physical activity), oral health, patient safety and quality, unintentional injury, and violence.

In addition to the appointed council members, representatives of 12 state agencies, and the chair of the State Board of Health will participate in the SHIP Implementation Coordination Council. All participants will play a critical role in the implementation of the SHIP recommendations and will be working with the council to ensure that the goals of the SHIP are achieved.

SHIP ICC Resources

Archived Meetings

Meeting Minutes