About Community Health Assessment
Community Health Assessment (CHA) provides an opportunity to bring together organizations and individuals with an interest in improving the quality of life in Guilford County to collaboratively consider the county’s needs, assets, strengths, resources and challenges, identify priority health issues, and make recommendations for community action to address those issues.
CHA participants assess existing data on health outcomes and conditions, as well as the factors that drive these statistics: individual behaviors and decisions, access to high quality medical care, social and economic issues, and the environments in which we live, work, play and grow. The CHA also informs the development of Public Health’s strategic plan and ensures that specific benchmarks are met as a part of the state health department accreditation process. The Public Health Division and local hospitals are accountable to the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Board and the Internal Revenue Service, respectively, for successful completion of the Community Health Assessment/Community Health Needs Assessment (CHA/CHNA). This is a process that occurs every three years.
2016 Community Health Assessment
1n 2016, the Division of Public Health and other health, social and community partners collaborated to complete a community health assessment. The Guilford Assessment Team (GAT) and Steering Committee, which included representation from agencies that include education and academia, local government, business, health care, public health, philanthropy and human services, guided the 2016 Assessment. Such wide representation assures that the views of Guilford County residents of all backgrounds and interests are thoughtfully considered and included in this assessment. The GAT guided the planning, data collection and analysis for the assessment and produced the CHA document. The Steering Committee met with the GAT at key points throughout the process to provide feedback, perspective and suggestions for important changes.
Assessing community health involved collection and analysis of a wide range of health and health-related measures. The 2016 CHA process included 408 face-to-face with randomly selected households in Guilford County and secondary data analysis, as well as community meetings.
Using these data and the Hanlon prioritization method, which objectively takes into consideration size and seriousness of the issues and effectiveness of potential interventions, the following priority health issues identified were:
- Healthy Eating/Active Living
- Social Determinants of Health
- Behavioral Health
- Maternal and Child Health
The identification of priorities led to the development of collaborative community action plans and the Piedmont Health Counts data platform, www.piedmonthealthcounts.org. Partners are currently working together to put these action plans into practice.
CHA partners also launched the Piedmont Health Counts website to keep local health data current and monitor progress on these priorities until the next assessment. CHA partners work with Xerox® Community Health Solutions to maintain this data platform that enables local public health departments, hospitals and community coalitions to measure community health, share best practices, identify new funding sources and drive community health improvement.
If you would like to learn more about what our hospital partners Cone Health and High Point Regional Health are doing to address these issues respectively, go to:
2012-2013 Guilford County Community Health Assessment
The Division of Public Health partnered with Cone Health, Cone Health Foundation, High Point Regional Health System and UNC Greensboro’s Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation to conduct the Guilford County 2012-13 Community Health Assessment (CHA). More Information.