CHNA Resources

Below are links to best practice guides/toolkits, data sources, and other CHNA-related resources.

Best Practice Guides/Toolkits

Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) Community Health Assessment Toolkit
A program of the American Hospital Association (AHA)
http://www.assesstoolkit.org/

CDC Community Health Assessments & Health Improvement Plans
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/cha/plan.html

Kaiser Permanente Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit
Part I: https://www.communitycommons.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/KP-CHNA-Toolkit-Part-I-FINAL-052215-2.pdf
Part II: https://www.communitycommons.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/KP-CHNA-Toolkit-Part-Two-Updated-August-2015.pdf

Public Health Accreditation Board Standards & Measures
http://www.phaboard.org/wp-content/uploads/PHAB-Standards-and-Measures-Version-1.0.pdf

PHAB specific, from 2011; Current Version 1.5
http://www.phaboard.org/wp-content/uploads/PHABSM_WEB_LR1.pdf

PHAB website; starting place for PH accreditation
http://www.phaboard.org/

TDHCA Community Needs Assessment Guide - 2015  
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs CAN Guide, revised 2015
Resource housed on National Association for State Community Services Programs website
http://www.nascsp.org/data/files/csbg_publications/guides-and-manuals/2015-texas%20-%20commmunity%20needs%20assessment%20guide.pdf

Community Data Sources

Community Commons
www.communitycommons.org
"We provide public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so you can thoroughly explore community health. As a mission driven organization, the technology and resources that we develop directly provide innovation for the future. We aim to make our custom tools publicly available whenever possible and our partners understand and support this public-good mission. The site is Community Commons. The people that manage it are Institute for People, Place and Possibility, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, and Community Initiatives."

CDC – CHSI Information for Improving Community Health
Community Health Status Inventory
https://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth/home

CHSI 2015 is an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.

The Social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. The World Health Organization and others call the living conditions that can affect health and quality of life the “social determinants of health”.

Healthy Babies Initiative, DSHS
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/healthytexasbabies/data.aspx
Contact: Rebecca Martin, 776- 7373
Population based maternal and child health indicators. Data includes tables and discussion of statewide rates of preterm birth, infant mortality, access to prenatal care and other variables

Mental Health Issues, tobacco use, and substance abuse, DSHS
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/tobacco/reports.shtm
Population based measures on tobacco and substance abuse. Information on Tobacco Prevention and Control. - Tobacco Fact Sheets, Reports and Publications

DSHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Data Book
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/mhsa/databook/
Quick reference designed for DSHS staff in response to frequently-asked general questions from behavioral health stakeholders

Infectious Disease Control Unit, DSHS
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/
Provides data on reportable infectious diseases.

County Health Rankings
http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
National health rankings based on a model of population health for Mortality, Morbidity, Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Socio & Economic Factors and Physical Environment

Texas State Data Center
http://txsdc.utsa.edu/Index
Hub for the distribution of demographic information for Texas.

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Birth Defects Specific)
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/index.html
Data on prevention, causes and risk factors, diagnosis, and types of birth defects. Also has tools and information about birth defects for families.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
http://www.dartmouthatlas.org/

Highlights variations in healthcare using Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians

For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of our health care system and forms the foundation for many of the ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America.  Findings: Medicare reimbursements per patient varied nearly twofold in 2014 across hospital referral regions, from less than $7,000 per patient in Anchorage to more than $13,000 per patient in Miami.

Collaborative/Other Resources

Community Commons
www.communitycommons.org
Institute for People, Place, and Possibility (IP3) 

Comprehensive platform integrating social, economic, education, health, and environmental data visualizations with virtual collaboration spaces.   It may be our best hope for solving our most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges by promoting working together across sectors and across issues that matter.  Platform provides access to meaningful data and visualizations.

Collaboration hubs provide environments where people from local partnerships, statewide coalitions, and national campaigns can facilitate collective action using publicly available custom tools.

The site is Community Commons. The people that manage it are Institute for People, Place and Possibility, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, and Community Initiatives.

Kaiser Permanente CHNA Data Platform (Embedded in Community Commons site)  https://www.communitycommons.org/groups/community-health-needs-assessment-chna/
On Public Hub -- Example of how Community Commons can be used to share data and collaborate.

CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator
https://www.cdc.gov/chinav/resources/additional/index.html

Understanding Community Benefits
http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/webinars/understanding-hospital-community-benefit-requirement-and-community-health-needs-assessment

https://www.chausa.org/communitybenefit/community-benefit

NACCHO Definitions of Community Health Assessments (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs)
National Association of City and County Health Officials
Short pdf defining CHAs and CHIPs
http://archived.naccho.org/topics/infrastructure/community-health-assessment-and-improvement-planning/upload/Definitions.pdf