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Community Health Improvement Process and Community Health Assessment Resources

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Below is a list of selected community health improvement process (CHIP) and community health assessment (CHA) resources. They are links to and descriptions of CHIP guides or handbooks, and resources for conducting specific CHIP-related activities.

Title Description
Action Communities for Health Innovation and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE): Healthy Communities Program in which communities work to improve health for residents by instituting policy, system, and environmental change strategies to prevent or manage health-risk factors for chronic disease. Consists of partnership between local communities and national and state organizations.
CDC: Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) This toolkit is used to gain a picture of policies, systems, and environmental change strategies currently implemented in the community. Provides help in developing a community action plan for improving current strategies to facilitate and support health lifestyles. Assists health professionals in prioritizing community needs and allocating available resources.
Community Health Assessment Guide Book Resource document or toolkit for local public health departments and other community agencies conducting community health assessments (CHA). Includes step-by-step instructions on preparing and disseminating CHA reports.
Florida Department of Health: Resources of Community Health Improvement Compilation of resource materials for conducting community health assessments, including CHA guide, local and state CHA reports, and training materials.
Florida Department of Health: MAPP Training Training modules on using Florida’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) tool for conducting community health assessments.
Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) County Health Rankings Ranking of each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services: Community Health Assessment Training Handbook A handbook that describes various DHSS resources and tools available for community health assessments (CHA) and community health improvement process (CHIP), including data, statistical reports, CHA and CHIP tools, county data profiles, and Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA).
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO): Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Strategic planning process for improving community health. Interactive process to help communities identify and prioritize public health issues. Includes multiple phases which cover organizing, visioning, goals and strategies, and action cycles. Also connects communities with current MAPP users to help solicit advice and learn about resources.
The Community Tool Box Guidelines for community health assessments (CHA) and community health improvement process (CHIP) from the University of Kansas.
U.S. Census Bureau: American FactFinder American FactFinder has population data shown in table and map formats. In the ‘Data Sets’ tab, users can also create a detailed table, quick table, or their own custom table. The ‘Tools and References’ tab also provides a list of data extraction tools.