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

The Purpose of a Community Assessment

Establish objectives for a program or intervention. Select the strategies to use in a program or intervention. Establish a baseline for evaluating progress in the community. Identify new ideas, strategies, partners and resources that can be used in working toward a common goal.

More Tools for the Assessment & Improvement Process

  • Community Toolbox. …
  • CDC Evaluation Framework. …
  • Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) …
  • Healthy People 2030. …
  • Principles of Community Engagement. …
  • National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS

 

How to Write a Needs Assessment Report

  1. Identify Your Purpose. Before you begin writing your needs assessment report, clearly identify the reason you’re writing it. …
  2. Gather Relevant Data. …
  3. Interpret and Analyze Your Findings. …
  4. Recommend Next Steps