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Community Health Assessment & Health Improvement Planning


A community health assessment, also known as community health needs assessment, refers to a state, tribal, local, or territorial health assessment that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis. A community health improvement plan  is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of community health assessment activities and the community health improvement process.

A community health assessment gives organizations comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. In turn, this information can help with developing a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.


Models for community health improvement describe a continuous cycle of community health improvement with steps like these:

  • Assess Needs & Resources
  • Focus on What’s Important
  • Choose Effective Policies and Programs
  • Act on What’s Important
  • Evaluate Actions
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