Chatting About CHIPS: Understanding the DoN Process


May 27, 2020


Topics: Determination of Needs and Community Health Improvement Planning processes, engaging in existing community work 

Description: This pre-recorded webinar will be geared towards community and coalition members who want to plug into existing state-wide funded work going on in their communities but may not know how to go about doing so. Presenters will go over the Determination of Need process and the Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) processes and break down how the two are similar and different, particularly in terms of funding streams. We'll go over the types of localized funding that come from CHIP processes and hospital-funded DoN community funds, along with the state-wide funds that come from DoN processes and is overseen by the state and Attorney General’s Office. Presenters will also explain how community members can build relationships with their local hospital’s community benefits advisory board so that they can plug in to existing work going on in the community. Finally, presenters will provide guidance on how newer coalitions can build their capacity to make them competitive applicants for DoN funds using case studies of successful project proposals.

Audience: Newer community coalitions and community members looking to learn more about the Determination of Need funds and Community Health Improvement funding process.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and explain the difference between DoN and CHIP funding processes at the local and state level, and who distributes funds at each level
  2. Identify ways new coalitions can engage existing stakeholders in their local CHIP and DoN processes
  3. Name the skills and capacities that make communities strong applicants for DoN and CHIP funding processes.

Trainers: Ben Wood (MA Department of Public Health) and Health Resources in Action

MA DPH Coalition Criteria Addressed:

  1. Consistency with MA DPH’s goals and priorities
  2. Participation from key stakeholders (individuals and organizations that have a vested stake or interest in a program or policy initiative, e.g. it will impact them directly)

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Nonprofit Governance


Health Resources in Action