Community Health Assessment

WHAT IS IT?

Community health assessment is a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems and assets in a community. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community’s health needs and identified issues. A variety of tools and processed may be used to conduct a community health assessment; the essential ingredients are community engagement and collaborative participation. (PHA Board)

TOOLS & RESOURCES

Kansas Health Matters
Kansas Health Matters brings community health-related statistical data, local resources and a wealth of information to one, accessible, user-friendly location. The Kansas Health Matters website is maintained by Kansas Partnership for Improving Community Health, a cross-sectional partnership of Kansas agencies. LEARN MORE

Kansas Information for Communities
Kansas Information for Communities or KIC is a health information portal. You can query public health datasets, access statistics for Kansas counties, and find links to public health reports. KIC is maintained by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. LEARN MORE

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Kansas Health Institute has developed individualized County Health Rankings data sheets for each Kansas county, which are available here. LEARN MORE

KHI Community Health Assessment Handbook, 2015 (PDF)

Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (LINK)

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

Ty Kane, Community Engagement Institute

Charlie Hunt, Kansas Health Institute

Sarah Jolley, Community Engagement Institute