Community Health

Community Health Assessment

A community health assessment, or CHA, 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 CHA is to develop strategies to address the community's health needs and identified issues.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships process graphicTo conduct this CHA, we used the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process. MAPP is a community-driven strategic planning framework that assists communities in developing and implementing efforts to identify and improve the health status of their community.

2020 Local Public Health System Assessments

Washington County Health Partners need your input to assess our local public health system. Your responses will help guide future funding and services to improve the health of our community.

Why are we asking you for this input? You are a partner of the local public health system, which is made up of everyone that contributes to the health and well-being of our community. This includes individuals and organizations like hospitals, schools, businesses, health departments, law enforcement, medical and behavioral healthcare providers, and many others.

Each assessment should take less than 3 minutes to complete.  If a question is not relevant, just SKIP to the next one.  Please complete ONE OR MORE the following assessments:

#1Monitor Health https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6JXLR8K Partners monitoring health status to identify community health problems.

  • University or academic institutions
  • Healthcare systems. Hospitals. Managed care organizations.
  • Local chapter of a national health-related group (e.g., American Heart Association)
  • Community-based organizations
  • Epidemiologists
  • Environmental health data experts
  • Emergency preparedness teams
  • The general public
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#2 Diagnose & Investigate https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDHYTKZ  Partners diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards.

  • Hospitals. Managed care organizations.
  • Primary care clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
  • Physicians.
  • Long-term care facilities. 
  • Preschool and daycare programs. Public and private schools. Colleges and universities.
  •  Employers.
  • Public safety and emergency response organizations. 
  • Public health laboratories.
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#3 Inform, Educate, & Empower  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N6GSF98 Partners informing, educating, and empowering people about health issues to identify and solve health problems.

  • Hospitals
  • Public and private schools. Colleges and universities
  • Health educators
  • Local businesses and employers. Managed care organizations.
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Non-profit organizations/advocacy groups
  • Civic organizations. Neighborhood organizations.
  • Other community/grassroots organizations
  • Public Information Officers
  • Media
  • Community members
  • Substance abuse or mental health organizations
  • City and county governmental agencies. Ministerial alliances.
  • United Way
  • Worksite wellness councils. Local chambers of commerce. 
  • State and federal programs.
  • Health-related coalition leaders
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#4 Mobilize Community Partnerships https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2GYQ92 Partners mobilizing community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.

  • Hospitals
  • Public and private schools. Colleges and universities
  • Health educators
  • Local businesses and employers. Managed care organizations.
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Non-profit organizations/advocacy groups
  • Civic organizations. Neighborhood organizations.
  • Other community/grassroots organizations
  • Public Information Officers
  • Media
  • Community members
  • Substance abuse or mental health organizations
  • City and county governmental agencies. Ministerial alliances.
  • United Way
  • Worksite wellness councils. Local chambers of commerce. 
  • State and federal programs.
  • Health-related coalition leaders
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#5 Develop Policies https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDMD35N Partners developing policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

  • Hospitals. Managed care organizations. Healthcare providers.
  • Health officer/public health director
  • Elected officials and policymakers
  • Public health attorneys
  • Community health planners
  • Law enforcement agencies and emergency services personnel
  • Colleges and universities.
  • Local businesses and employers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Non-profit organizations/advocacy groups. Civic organizations.
  • Neighborhood organizations and other community/grassroots organizations
  • Media
  • Community development organizations
  • Community residents
  • Department of transportation. City planners.
  • Mental health and substance abuse organizations
  • Departments of Parks and Recreation. Local foundations
  • Public interest law groups
  • Professional associations
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#6 Enforce Laws https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LD26KSM Partners enforcing laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

  • Hospitals. Managed care organizations. Healthcare providers
  • Health officer/public health director
  • Public health attorneys
  • Law enforcement agencies and emergency services personnel
  • Local businesses and employers
  • Non-profit organizations/advocacy groups (e.g., youth, human rights, etc.)
  • Civic and neighborhood organizations
  • Other community/grassroots organizations (e.g., tattoo shops, tanning booths, utilities, environmental advocacy groups, etc.)
  • Media
  • Public and private schools
  • Animal control authorities
  • Fire department
  • District attorney and public defender
  • Environmental health agencies
  • Waste management facilities
  • Department of transportation
  • City planner
  • Corrections facilities
  • Public housing
  • State licensing boards
  • Civil and human rights groups
  • Oil and gas industry representatives
  • Elected officials
  • Economists
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#7 Link or Provide Care https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDVXQZX Partners linking people to needed personal health services and ensuring the provision of healthcare when otherwise unavailable.

  • Hospitals. Health service providers. Health service recipients. Managed care organizations.
  • Non-profit organizations/advocacy groups
  • Nursing homes
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Mental health and substance abuse organizations
  • Department of transportation and other transportation services
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Community health centers, or look-alikes. 
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Elected officials
  • United Way
  • Public assistance programs (e.g., public housing)
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organizations
  • Social services
  • Public and private schools. Colleges and universities.
  • Employment assistance organizations

#8 Assure Competent Workforce https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L95ZTFM Partners gathered to discuss the performance of the local public health system in ensuring a competent public and personal healthcare workforce.

  • Hospitals. Managed care organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Employers
  • Foundations
  • Human resources departments
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers or community health centers
  • Professional associations
  • Local chambers of commerce
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Public Health Training Centers
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#9 Evaluate https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L9PYFWT Partners evaluating effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

  • Hospitals and Service providers
  • Service recipients
  • Managed care organizations
  • Non-profit organizations/advocacy groups
  • Consultants
  • Public and private schools
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Foundations
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers or community health centers
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments

#10 Research https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L9FX5H7 Partners researching new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

  • Hospitals
  • Colleges and universities
  • Employers
  • Managed care organizations
  • Foundations
  • Human resources departments
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Board of Health & Local Health Departments