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Standard 1.1: Participate in or conduct a collaborative process resulting in a comprehensive community health assessment
The purpose of the community health assessment is to learn about the health status of the population. Community health assessments describe the health status of the population, identify areas for health improvement, determine factors that contribute to health issues, and identify assets and resources that can be mobilized to tribal, state, and local levels to address the health of the population in the jurisdiction served by the health department.
A community health assessment is a collaborative process of collecting and analyzing data and information for use in educating and mobilizing communities, developing priorities, garnering resources, and planning actions to improve the population's health. The development of a population health assessment involves the systematic collection and analysis of data and information to provide the health department and the population it serves with a sound basis for decision-making and action. Community health assessments are conducted in partnership with other organizations and include data and information on demographics; socioeconomic characteristics; quality of life; behavioral factors; the environment (including the built environment); morbidity and mortality; and other social, tribal, community, or state determinants of health status. The tribal, state, or local community health assessment will be the basis for development of the tribal, state, or local community health improvement plan.