Plans and Data

Planning is an integral component of public health. The Delaware General Health District is responsible for collecting data, conducting health assessments, and creating health plans.

Comprehensive health planning includes:

  • assessing the current and emerging personal and environmental health needs, resources, and development opportunities;
  • formulating goals, objectives, policies, and guidelines for long-range health resource development; and,
  • preparing plans and programs which: identify and evaluate alternative courses of action and the relationships among the activities; specify the appropriate scheduling of such activities; study other relevant factors affecting the achievement of desired health development and; and provide an over-all framework and guide for program plans.


The Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County oversees the Delaware County Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) with guidance from the Health District. The CHA provides information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. The CHIP is the long-term, organized plan used by our community to address identified public health priorities from data in the CHA.

Lori Kannally

Age-Friendly Delaware County is a local initiative aimed at creating a community in which residents of all ages can lead happy, healthy lives. The Age-Friendly Delaware County process is based on a framework provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is part of a national network facilitated by AARP. Each Age-Friendly community must focus on WHO’s 8 Domains of an Age-Friendly Community. These 8 domains guide the steps of the Age-Friendly Process and help determine which partners should be engaged in the planning and facilitation of the assessment and strategic plan.

Age-Friendly Communities must also follow a five-year process in which year two focuses on a strategic assessment to gather data on the health, well-being, interests, and resources related to the 8 domains of an age-friendly community. DGHD led the assessment portion of the project and results, methodology, and assessment tool can be found below.

Abby Crisp