CHA and Improvement Planning
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) provides information and helps measure how well a public health system is at fulfilling functions. A CHA is part of an ongoing broader community health improvement process. This 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). A community health improvement process involves collaborative participation by the local health department, organizations, health care providers, health insurance providers, community based organizations, advocacy groups, academia, employers, state agencies and businesses whose activities can influence the health of individuals and communities.