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Standard 1.1: Collaborative community health assessment


 

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Standard 1.1: Participate in or lead a collaborative process resulting in a comprehensive community health assessment

The purpose of the community health assessment is to learn about the community: the health of the population, contributing factors to higher health risks or poorer health outcomes of identified populations, and community resources available to improve the health status. Community health assessments describe the health of the population, identify areas for health improvement, identify contributing factors that impact health outcomes, and identify community assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health. Community health assessments are developed at the Tribal, state, and local levels and cover 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 or using resources in different ways, adopting or revising policies, and planning actions to improve the population’s health. The development of a community health assessment involves the systematic collection and analysis of data and information to provide a sound basis for decision-making and action. Community health assessments are conducted in partnership with other organizations and members of the community and include data and information on demographics; socioeconomic characteristics; quality of life; community resources; 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.

 
Required documentation by measure
Keep these considerations in mind when selecting documentation for this standard:
  • The community health assessment (CHA) partnership must meet regularly, but the frequency of meetings or communications is determined by the partnership and may change
  • The PHAB guidance for CHAs lists several accepted state or national models including MAPP
  • Documentation must address health status disparities, health equity and high health-risk populations as a part of the description of contributing causes to health challenges
Measure 1.1.1 T/L: Local partnership that develops a comprehensive community health assessment of the population served by the health department

Required Documentation Examples
1. Participation of representatives from a variety of sectors of the local community
Health Assessment Toolkit Key Steps                                         
2. Regular meetings or communications with partners
 
3. The process used to identify health issues and assets
Health Assessment Toolkit Key Steps

Measure purpose: to assess the health department's collaborative process for sharing and analyzing data concerning health status, health challenges, and community resources to develop a community health assessment of the population of the jurisdiction served by the health department.
Measure 1.1.2 T/L: A local community health assessment

Required Documentation
Examples
1. A local community health assessment
Community needs assessment
2. Opportunity for the local community at large to review and contribute to the assessment
 
3. The ongoing monitoring, refreshing, and adding of data and data analysis
 

Measure purpose: to assess the local health department's comprehensive community health assessment of the population of the jurisdiction served by the health department.
Measure 1.1.3 A: Accessibility of community health assessment to agencies, organizations, and the general public

Required Documentation
Examples
1. Information provided to partner organizations concerning the availability of the community health assessment
Partners who attended summit                 
2. The availability of the community health assessment findings to the public
Partners who attended summit

Measure purpose: to assess the health department's efforts to share the community health assessment with other agencies and organizations and to make the assessment results available to the general public.