A Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a process that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to systematically collect and analyze health data within a specific community to inform decision-making, the prioritization of health problems, and the development, implementation and evaluation of Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP). CHIPs use the CHA data to develop and implement strategies for action and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement.

– NACCHO Community Health Assessment and Improvement Processes

The Community Health Assessment and Improvement Toolkit provides basic tools and resources for agencies completing Community Health Assessments (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP) for improving the health of local communities.

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health participated in a learning collaborative on CHA/CHIPs in 2011-2013 in partnership with the North Carolina Hospital Association and the NC Division of Public Health Health (a collaboration that has evolved into the North Carolina Community Health Improvement Collaborative (NC-CHIC). In January 2013, a statewide learning congress convened to share lessons learned from five local CHA/Community Health Improvement partnerships representing a variety of jurisdictions across North Carolina. This Toolkit was initially created as one result from the learning congress. In August 2014, the Toolkit was updated to include additional resources and trainings from a variety of sources, including the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and NCIPH.

CHA/CHIP Collaborative: Archived Presentations from 2011-2013

Learning Congress on Collaborative Community Health Assessment and Improvement (2013)

Community Health Needs Assessments, Lessons from North Carolina Archive (2013)

  • Audio Broadcast, featuring:
    • Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW, Senior Investigator, North Carolina Institute for Public Health; Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
    • John Morrow, MD, MPH, Pitt County Health Director; Incoming President, North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors
    • Craig James, MPH, President and CEO, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

Collaborative CHA/CHI Meeting Presentations (2012)

Meeting Affordable Care Act Requirements for Community Health Assessment Presentation (2011)