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Criteria for assessing the usefulness of community health assessments; a literature review
  • Published Date:
    2006
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Assessment Initiative. ; New York (N.Y.), Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene., Center for Community Health., Public Health Information Group. ; Rand Corporation
  • Description:
    Community health assessments (CHAs) are a means of identifying and describing community health problems, gaps and strengths in services, and interventions to improve the health of the community. To inform the development of a Web-based tool to determine and enhance the usefulness of CHAs, we performed a literature review of various studies and publications to identify factors and criteria for a useful CHA process. We found no rigorous, systematic reviews of CHAs, nor any comprehensive summaries of CHA strengths, weaknesses, and outcomes. However, we used this opportunity to review descriptive reports of a number of CHA processes throughout the United States and to learn about common -- and not so common -- characteristics that might be used in the Web-based tool.

    "The research in this report was conducted by RAND Health, a unit of the RAND Corporation. It was conducted under contract with the Public Health Information Group of the Center for Community Health in the New York State Department of Health, with financial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Assessment Initiative." - t.p. verso

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