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59178-bag_stethescope.jpgWhat is Community Health Assessment?

Community health assessment and program planning is the on-going process of identifying and analyzing a community’s health problems, needs and assets, as well as its resources and capacity to address priority needs. Information obtained for the community health assessment is used to set priorities and to make decisions about program or organizational improvement and allocation of resources through the development of a community health action plan.

Community health assessment and program planning are an integral part of Child and Family Health Services (CFHS) programs.  In FY2000, CFHS focused on core public health activities using the pyramid of MCH public health services and assuring access to health care for low-income families in Ohio.  In FY2006 ODH refined the focus of the CFHS Program to become even more accountable for the use of public monies, the assurance of quality in the provision of programs and services, and the measurement of the effectiveness of those programs and services. All applicants for CFHS funds are required to conduct and document Community Health Assessment activities.

This portion of the ODH website will provide you with links to documents and data that can be used for guidance and assistance your with the community health assessment process.   Stop back often to check for new information and updates.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
CFHS Program
246 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-5332
Fax: (614) 564-2433


Last Updated: 11/17/15

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