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Conducting a Community Health Assessment


 
The CHA/CHIP Resource Center
 
 

This tab contains trainings and customizable tools on the following topics:

  • Identifying and selecting indicators for the community health assessment (CHA)
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Synthesis
  • Presenting the CHA Findings

For a complete list of additional, existing resources around conducting the CHA, click here.

 
Identifying and Selecting Indicators for the CHA
 
Trainings*
 
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Training Presentation: Introduction to Indicators
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Training Presentation: Introduction to the County Health Rankings
  • Click here to access the presentation slides.
 
 
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Training Presentation: Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequities
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Webinar Recording: Using the Health Indicators Warehouse in Community Health Assessment
This 90-minute webinar includes information on ways that Healthy People 2020 can support community health assessment and community health improvement processes, navigating the health indicators warehouse website, accessing local-level indicators for a specific community, and how to use Healthy People 2020 and the health indicators warehouse with partners to begin selecting indicators.

  • Watch the free archived recording of this webinar.
  • Access the presentation slides.
 
 
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Webinar Recording: Selecting Indicators for the Community Health Assessment
This 90-minute webinar discusses the relationship between visioning and selecting indicators, how an indicator framework provides structure for determining a community''s health status, strengths and weaknesses of using experts and community members in selecting indicators, techniques for engaging the community, key criteria for selecting indicators, and how to develop a data collection plan.

  • Watch the free archived recording of this webinar.
  • Access the presentation slides.
 
 
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Webinar Recording: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Community Health Assessment
This 90 minute webinar includes information on the importance of examining and addressing the root causes of health, identifying additional partners to participate, identifying the types of indicators that may be considered to gather information on social determinants of health, how the social determinants of health are relevant within the context of PHAB accreditation, an LHD case example, and more.

  • Watch the free archived recording of this webinar.
  • Access the presentation slides.
 
 

Tools to Assist You with Identifying and Selecting Indicators for the CHA

 
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Tools- Indicator Selection Process
  • Tool: This tool was developed by the Plumas County Public Health Agency (CA) and is an indicator decision tree to help guide their indicator selection process. More »
  • Tool: This modifiable tool was developed by Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (TX) and is a criteria matrix used to help guide their indicator selection process. More »
  • Tool & Example: This modifiable tool and example was developed by the Healthy!CapitalCounties (MI) partnership and describes their indicator selection process, including data gaps and indicators not selected. It also provides a table with a complete list of their final, selected indicators. More »
  • Tool: This modifiable tool was developed by Kittitas County Public Health Department (WA) and is a matrix of all the indicators used. More »
 
 
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Exercise: Social Determinants of Health in Your Community
This exercise can be used to assist you in determining if the types of data you have that describe health in your community are indicators of social inequities, institutional power, neighborhood conditions, risk behaviors, disease & injury, or mortality using the BARHII model.

  • Click here to access this tool.
 
 
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Tool: Resources for Social Determinants of Health Indicators
When thinking about the social determinants of health, there are several perspectives you may take as you pursue data collection for the assessment component of your improvement process. This resource provides a brief description of key steps you may want to consider or take and provides a list of indicators you may want to consider using in your CHA to examine the social determinants of health.

  • Click here to access this handout.
 
 
Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis, and Presentation
 
Trainings*
 
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Training Presentation: Introduction to Data Collection
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Webinar Recording: Collecting Quantitative Data for the Community Health Assessment
This 90-minute webinar discusses choosing between primary and secondary data based on indicator set, how to successfully engage agencies, organizations, community members, and partners in obtaining data, advantages and disadvantages of various quantitative data collection methods, overcoming barriers, and more.

  • Watch the free archived recording of this webinar.
  • Access the presentation slides.
 
 
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Webinar Recording: Analyzing and Interpreting Quantitative Data in the Community Health Assessment
This 90-minute webinar discusses basic foundations in quantitative data analysis, helpful technology, capacities in the public health system for analysis, techniques for analyzing quantitative data, and more.

  • Watch the free archived recording of this webinar.
  • Access the presentation slides.
 
 
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Webinar Recording: Collecting and Analyzing Qualitative Data in the Community Health Assessment
This 90-minute webinar discusses strategies for deciding what qualitative data to collect based on chosen indicators, advantages and drawbacks of various qualitative data collection approaches, resources needed, techniques and technology for analyzing qualitative data, and more.

  • Watch the free archived recording of this webinar.
  • Access the presentation slides.
 
 
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Training Presentation: Making Sense of the Data to Create a Picture of Community Health (Data Synthesis)
This presentation details the difference between data analysis and synthesis, describes two methods to synthesize results from across data collection activities, describes methods for involving partners and community members, and more.

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Training Presentation: Presenting CHA Findings to Inform Health Improvement Planning
This presentation details methods for translating CHA findings for policymakers, staff, partners and community members; planning data presentations in both written and oral forms that motivate action, practical methods through which the results of a CHA can be presented to lay audiences, venues and methods that can be used to present findings, and more.

  • Click here to access the presentation slides.
 
 
*The training webinars and presentations posted in the CHA/CHIP Resource Center were developed for the 12 CHA/CHIP LHD Demonstration Sites as part of their training and technical assistance curriculum. They are included here as a resource for all LHDS.
 

Tools to Assist You with Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis, and Presentation

 
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Tools and Example- Asset Mapping
  • This modifiable tool was developed by the Healthy!CapitalCounties (MI) partnership and it describes the process and handouts used for their asset mapping work. More »
  • This example includes the Healthy!CapitalCounties completed asset inventory. More »
 
 
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Tool- Photovoice Project
This modifiable tool was developed by the East Central Kansas Public Health Coalition (KS) and it describes the Photovoice project guidelines for participants. It also contains example consent forms. More »
 
 
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Tool- Incentive Receipt Agreement
This modifiable tool is an example of an incentive receipt agreement given to focus group participants and was developed by the Healthy!CapitalCounties (MI) partnership. More »
 
 
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Tool- Qualitative Data Analysis Plan
This modifiable tool describes the Healthy!CapitalCounties (MI) qualitative data analysis plan, including their overarching goal, coding procedures, and data organization plan. More »
 
 
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Tool- Data Posters
This modifiable tool is an example of how one coalition presented their health-related data to their core team, partners and community members (from East Central Kansas Public Health Coalition). More »
 
 
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Tool- Surveys & Data Worksheets
  • This tool is an example Quality of Life survey issued to residents of counties part of the East Central Kansas Public Health Coalition (KS).  More »
  • This tool is an example survey given to university students that make up a substantial part of Kittitas County, WA asking about their health status and quality of life. More »
  • This modifiable tool was distributed to organizations to understand the types of data that currently exist and what data would be most important to collect related to community health status. This tool was submitted by Kittitas County Public Health Department, WA. More »
  • This modifiable tool is a Forces of Change Assessment (one of the four MAPP assessments) Brainstorming Worksheet that asks respondents to brainstorm the forces of change that affect their local public health system. More »
 
 
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Tool- Local Public Health System Assessment
  • This modifiable presentation tool describes the Local Public Health System Assessment (one of the four MAPP assessments) and the link to the 10 Essential Services of Public Health. More »
  • This tool is one community's local public health system assessment final report (submitted by San Francisco Department of Public Health (CA)). More »
 
 
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Tool - Visioning and Forces of Change Assessment Presentation
This modifiable presentation tool was created and used by one community to guide their visioning session and their Forces of Change Assessment session (from New Orleans Health Department (LA)). More »
 
 
 
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Tool: CHA Findings Presentations
These modifiable tools were created to present the CHA findings to steering committee members and the public.