Why complete an assessment and improvement plan?

A community health assessment gives organizations comprehensive information about the community's current health status, needs, and issues. This information can help develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.

Benefits include

  • Improved organizational and community coordination and collaboration
  • Increased knowledge about public health and the interconnectedness of activities
  • Strengthened partnerships within state and local public health systems
  • Identified strengths and weaknesses to address in quality improvement efforts
  • Baselines on performance to use in preparing for accreditation
  • Benchmarks for public health practice improvements

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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?