What is a Community Health Needs Assessment? 

A community health assessment (sometimes called a CHA), also known as community health needs assessment (sometimes called a CHNA), refers to a state, tribal, local, or territorial health assessment that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.

Community health assessments use such principles as:

  • Multisector collaborations that support shared ownership of all phases of community health improvement, including assessment, planning, investment, implementation, and evaluation

  • Proactive, broad, and diverse community engagement to improve results

  • A definition of community that encompasses both a significant enough area to allow for population-wide interventions and measurable results, and includes a targeted focus to address disparities among subpopulations

  • Maximum transparency to improve community engagement and accountability

  • Use of evidence-based interventions and encouragement of innovative practices with thorough evaluation

  • Evaluation to inform a continuous improvement process

  • Use of the highest quality data pooled from, and shared among, diverse public and private sources

For Source and more information visit: CDC - Community Health Assessment