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Choose a step below to learn more about how it contributes to this process.
This team could include:
CHS department directors
Key public health staff
Community Health Assessment in Minnesota (PDF)
Nonprofit Hospitals and Community Health Assessments (PDF)
Two effective assessment/planning models referenced in the national standards are:
MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships)
The Community Toolbox esp. Healthy Cities/Healthy Communities
Identify who needs and who wants to be involved. Make sure the roles for partnership members are clearly communicated (be clear about the charge of the group). The community health assessment partnership should reflect the community, and may include representatives of:
Stakeholder Identification (DOC)
The schedule of meetings should respect the time commitments of the partnership; if community members are involved, some meetings may need to be held in the evening or on weekends.
Good communications will be essential for keeping your assessment and planning processes on track and for keeping your planning team and partnership engaged. Use the Communications Plan tool to help determine the communications needs of all those involved in the process.
Communications Plan (DOC)
For the partnership to form into a functional group, members will need to determine together how decisions will be made throughout the assessment and planning process. Once they have decided together on how they will operate, they should identify a vision for the future of the community’s health, which will serve as a reference point not only during the assessment but also as the partnership moves from the community health assessment into the community health improvement planning process.
MAPP: Visioning [NACCHO]
These may include:
Data sources for community health assessment can be very diverse. The Minnesota Center for Health Statistics (MCHS) and Public Health Practice Section have developed County-Level Indicators for community health assessment, which is a listing of indicators across multiple public health categories and from various data sources that can be used for your health assessment. This tool includes 114 indicators, as well as links to county and CHB data.
County-Level Indicators for Community Health Assessment [Minnesota Center for Health Statistics]
Other sources of information may include:
Partnership members also may be able to suggest and/or supply data on the community.
Gathering data may occur in several rounds as questions arise and additional information is needed.
While gathering and analyzing data, look for issues that emerge as particular concerns. Work with the partnership to clearly define and describe these critical issues. Use the decision-making process (from Step 2) to decide on key community health issues.
Each community health board submitted its 10 most important community health issues to MDH in March 2015
This is important to prepare for and support the community health improvement plan process.
Share key findings with decision makers and the public.