The Marion County Health Department conducted the Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) 2021. This project is mandated by the State of Illinois for certified Local Health Departments.

Community partners were brought together to examine the county’s health issues and to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan. This Community Health Improvement Plan was developed to focus community resources on priority health problems. The three priorities for 2016-2021 are as follows:
1. Mental Health
2. Hygiene (with emphasis on dental hygiene)
3. Poverty (with emphasis on food insecurities)

The community partners looked at existing efforts and focused on filling gaps in services. The plan includes outcome objectives, impact objectives and strategies to address the three priority health problems. It is the goal of the Marion County Health Department and community partners to utilize the IPLAN to provide quality health care to the community.