Ascendant Healthcare Partners

Your Partners in Simplifying Community Healthcare Initiatives & Strategic Planning


No two communities are the same, and we recognize this diversity. Utilizing proven, research-based programs, assessments, and tools, we specialize in tailoring community health assessments, plans, and interventions to meet the unique needs of each community. We are committed to supporting community health improvement initiatives through strategic development and collaboration, creating alignment, engagement, and accountability. Let us be your community partners’ integrated healthcare experts!

Community Health Needs Assessment & Implementation Plan

Your community is inherently unique. We develop an individually tailored Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that addresses the specific needs identified through the Community Health Needs Assessment.

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We prioritize collaboration and engagement as drivers of meaningful change in community health. By actively involving key stakeholders in our strategic planning processes, we ensure that our strategies are tailored to each community's unique needs.

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Health Equity

We design Health Equity Plans to meet each community's unique needs, ensuring everyone can achieve their highest health potential. Our initiatives address systemic barriers and disparities, positively impacting the communities we serve..

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Ongoing Support Services

Our ongoing support services help ensure long-term success and health for the communities we work with. We track your community’s rising trends and provide regular, comprehensive data. We also offer support for existing plans, allowing you to optimize strategies.

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Through our Community Engagement Workshops, we empower community members to actively contribute to the decision-making process. Our goal is to ensure that initiatives resonate with the unique perspectives and needs of the community we are serving.

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About Us

Driving Positive Change in Community Health

We are your partners in healthcare. Specializing in driving positive change in community health through strategic planning and engagement, we bring community members and stakeholders together to collaborate on key healthcare issues. By addressing and developing strategic plans for a lasting impact, we are committed to improving healthcare outcomes and facilitating the development of comprehensive plans. Our goal is to ensure your community has the resources it needs for a sustainable, healthy future.

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Transforming Communities Through Health Initiatives

Ascendant Healthcare Partners is a leading provider of community health initiatives and strategic planning for state, tribal, and local health departments. 

Our approach is grounded in proven, research-based methodologies, ensuring our interventions are effective, sustainable, and uniquely adapted to your community’s needs. 

Ascendant Healthcare Partners is dedicated to empowering communities to take control of their health and well-being. From facilitating community health assessments to developing comprehensive plans and interventions, we work tirelessly to create alignment, foster engagement, and drive accountability.

80+ Years of Experience

2,117,984 Lives Positively Impacted

102 Plans Delivered

70 Privileged to Serve

Case Studies

Chickasaw Nation

The Chickasaw Nation and Ascendant Healthcare Partners (AHP) created a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) focusing on chronic disease, behavioral health, and healthcare access, demonstrating the power of community engagement in achieving health improvements.

Sumter County

Ascendant Healthcare Partners (AHP) collaborated with Sumter County to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) focused on community engagement and fall prevention. Their data-driven and inclusive approach led to improved health outcomes and stronger community ties. 

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Our Approach

We do it all– from the initial meeting to the final plan and everything in between. We modify our methodology for each community based on our client’s unique needs.

Our Mission

We transform communities for healthier lives by strengthening state, tribal, and local health departments through assessments, planning, and collaboration.

Our Vision

We act as a catalyst and facilitator of effective community health improvement. Through community collaboration, we transform futures for healthier lives.

Meet Our Team

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Community health focuses on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of people specific to a geographic location. In simpler terms, community health refers to the overall health of people who live, work, and play together.

The health of your community directly affects the quality of life and children’s success, and improving it can reduce human suffering. Community health also impacts educational achievements, crime rates, and life expectancy and can ultimately save money.

Improved community health can lead to lower healthcare costs and improved member/employee health outcomes. Good community health will also serve to enhance a reputation and build a more resilient and productive community.

We begin with a Starting Point Assessment, which we call the Burning Why Tool. This exercise is for local health departments to complete before our initial kickoff meeting. We use this to understand the current health priorities, how you would rate your community on a scale of 1 to 5 across key pillars, and to identify weaknesses, vulnerabilities, or other unpleasant issues or concerns. 

We facilitate the creation and revision of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), which include a Community Status Assessment, a Community Partner Assessment, and a Community Context Assessment. Each of these assessments is part of the MAPP 2.0 process by NACCHO and completed at varying stages and by varying community members, giving us the most accurate representation of your community’s unique needs.

We provide ongoing support services tailored to your community’s specific needs. We ensure long-term success by supporting existing plans, tracking community trends, assisting with the adaptation of new initiatives, and so much more.  Learn more about our ongoing support services

Improving community health can take many different forms. It starts with ensuring basic needs are met, like food, shelter, and education. Promote healthier lifestyles within your community, starting with one person at a time. Create opportunities for community members to take control of their health and improve their lives, like eliminating barriers to health screenings and preventative care. For more information about how to improve your community health, schedule a discovery call with us!

We meet your community where you are.

We are here to help you achieve your goals whether through training or full-service offerings.