What is a community health needs assessment?

The Community Health Needs Assessment is conducted to examine the health and quality of life of Brunswick County citizens. The process includes gathering information from community residents (primary data), and comparing this data to available health statistics (secondary data) to identify the most pressing concerns. The information gathered is used by county leadership and stakeholders to strategically plan the best use of resources to address top community concerns while tracking progress to reach the overall goal of improving health and quality of life in Brunswick County.

The Public Health Accreditation Board defines community health assessment (CHA), also known as community health needs assessment (CHNA), as a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems and assets in a community. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community's health needs and identified issues.

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1. What is a community health needs assessment?
2. What is a community health improvement plan?
3. Why complete an assessment and improvement plan?
4. What kinds of questions will I be asked?
5. Will my answers to each question become public knowledge?
6. What are the phases of the community health needs assessment?
7. Can I attend a CHA steering committee meeting?
8. How do you collect information for the CHA?