Community Health Assessments
Ascendant Healthcare Partners develops, facilitates, and provides your Community Health Assessments and Improvement Planning in accordance with the Public Health Accreditation (PHAB) guidance.
The fundamental purpose of public health is defined by three core functions: assessment, policy development and assurance. Community Health Assessments (CHAs) provide information for problem and asset identification and policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. CHAs also help measure how well a public health system is fulfilling its assurance function. Ascendant Healthcare Partners uses the new National Association of (NACCHO)’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)
Evolution 2.0 model to conduct the community-driven planning process for community health improvement. MAPP is widely considered to be the ‘gold standard’ for conducting this work.
A CHA should be part of an ongoing broader community health improvement process. A community health improvement process uses CHA data to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement, which are outlined in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).