Community Health Assessments
|Community Health Assessments|
What is a Community Health Assessment (CHA)?
A community health assessment is a process that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to systematically collect and analyze data to understand health within a specific community. An ideal assessment includes information on risk factors, quality of life, mortality, morbidity, community assets, forces of change, social determinants of health and health inequity, and information on how well the public health system provides essential services. Community health assessment data inform community decision-making, the prioritization of health problems, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of community health improvement plans.
NACCHO’s Definition of an Ideal Community Health Assessment
Why are CHAs important now?
CHAs are required for local public health agency accreditation, and nonprofit hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment at least once every three years (effective for tax years beginning after March 23, 2012) and adopt an implementation strategy to address the most significant health issues.
Does your organization need help with CHAs?
NCIPH can provide the following fee-based services for local health departments and hospitals needing assistance with community health assessments:
If you are interested in NCIPH’s services, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Last updated February 05, 2013|