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COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Health needs assessment is a systematic process for determining the health needs of a particular community or population, and then using the results to spur community change. Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) has long been best practice within the field of public health, but the process has gained momentum over the past decade, due to health institutions formally recognizing its importance by requiring it for nonprofit health systems. We believe CHNA should be a catalyst for community engagement, prioritization, and action – not a box to check. Our team works with communities and organizations around the nation to identify indicators, prioritize health needs, and take action. This page represents some of our favorite tools, resources, and stories.

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Helping Community Hospitals Improve

Patient Care

Three Keys to

Community Health

Needs Assessment

Assess Needs and Resources: Community Context

Working on community health needs assessment? Tell us your story

GET STARTED

Not sure where to start? Don’t let that stop you. These resources are a great place to learn about and begin the CHNA process.

Step-by-step clickable guide to assessment, with a focus on incorporating community engagement

ACHI Community Health Assessment Toolkit

Outline of key concepts in partner-centered approach to assessment

CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator

CHNA guide geared towards local public health departments, with a focus on engaging hospital systems

ASHTO CHNA Primer

A comprehensive outline of IRS CHNA requirements for 501(c)(3) hospitals built into the Affordable Care Act

IRS Requirements

Guidelines for Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment

100-page linear framework and approach to CHNA

A detailed breakdown of strategies to assessing needs and resources

EXPLORE DATA AND PRIORITIZE HEALTH NEEDS 

Accessing data to prioritize health needs can be an overwhelming task! Luckily, there’s a wealth of resources which pull together commonly used, high quality indicators. Here are some of our favorites.

Access to indicators at many different geographic levels, includes mapping and reporting options

Access indicators at many different geographic levels, includes mapping and reporting options

Broadstreet

Tools for community health

Policy Map

Online mapping across the US.