What is a community health assessment?
A community health assessment is a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems in a community. The ultimate goal of this kind of study, which is sometimes called a community diagnosis, is to develop strategies to address local health needs.
What kind of information is usually included in this kind of report?
A community assessment includes data on both demographics and health issues. However, the two categories overlap since health statistics only become meaningful when you consider the general characteristics of the population being profiled. Understanding some basic statistical terms can be helpful:
More health statistics terminology definitions can be found in this Glossary of Statistical Terms from the University of Chicago Library.
Lists of suggested sources of data for community assessment projects:
Finding sources for demographic and health statistics can be very challenging. Here are some general tips to keep in mind: