Community Health Assessment

Community Health Needs Assessment ( is designed to assist hospitals, non-profit community-based organizations, state and local health departments, and other key stakeholders in understanding the needs and assets of their communities. It offers comprehensive GIS mapping, analytic, and reporting tools to facilitate the assessment of community health needs and assets.

Community Health Status Assessment Resources
The tools and examples available on this webpage are useful supports for organizations conducting needs assessments. There are a wide range of topics addressed, including: Designing and Disseminating Your Surveys, Data Sources and Indicators, Compiling the Data, and Presenting the Data.

A Handbook for Participatory Community Assessments (PDF)
This handbook documents the process of conducting participatory community assessments. It is especially intended for partnerships between community groups and public health departments.

Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Action Guide
This action guide from the CDC provides step-by-step instructions for successfully completing the CHANGE tool. CHANGE can be used to gain a picture of the policy, systems, and environmental change strategies currently in place throughout the community; develop a community action plan for improving policies, systems, and the environment to support healthy lifestyles; and assist with prioritizing community needs and allocating available resources.

Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA)
Tools to help you plan, deliver, and evaluate health programs in your community

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)
MAPP is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. It is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems through community health assessment activities.

Prevention Institute
Provides a broad range of practical, easy-to-use tools that guide practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in planning health strategy and in contributing to safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.