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.
2019 Community Health Assessment
In 2019, the Division of Public Health and other health, social and community partners collaborated to complete a community health assessment.
The vision of the 2019 CHA was to conduct a “deeper dive” to develop greater understanding of the issues involved with the four health focus areas identified during the 2016 CHA:
- Maternal and Child Health,
- Healthy Living and Active Living,
- Behavioral Health and
- Social Determinants of Health.
The 2019 CHA used systematic, data-driven approach to identify key actionable issues, potential points of leverage and services or program gaps to inform efforts to eliminate health disparities and improve population health.
The Guilford Assessment Team, which guided the CHA, assessed a wide range of health-related data. They also collected primary data on these four focus areas through a series of online Key Informant Surveys and workshops attended by persons known as subject matter experts. At a series of workshops, participants engaged in facilitated discussion to consider both quantitative data and data from the Key Informant Surveys to identify key issues and recommendations for improvements.
Based upon this information, the CHA leadership partners are engaging in action-planning processes to develop improvement plans to address priority health issues.
Click here for the 2019 Community Health Assessment Report.
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:
Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point Medical Center, click here.
Cone Health, click here.