Examples of Community Health Assessments and Report Cards

Adirondack Rural Health Network Regional Community Health Assessment Report:Released in 2004,"Healthy, Wealthy and Wise" identifies priorities for Essex, Hamilton, Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, the process used, and the rationale.

Cortland Counts: Assessment of Health and Well-Being in Cortland County: The report card compares a set of indicators for Cortland County against state and national data in five study areas. These areas are: health and safety; social cohesion, culture and recreation; employment, economy and welfare; housing and environment; and positive development through the life stages. The report card is part of a 110-page comprehensive community health assessment for Cortland County. For more information on the report, call the Seven Valleys Health Coalition at (607) 756-4198.

Cayuga County Department of Health and Human Services Community Consolidated Data Project: This July 2001 Report has information from over 60 local, state, regional and national sources relative to families, violence, public health, and youth. The vision is to create a single comprehensive assessment and planning tool for the community. The report is made up of three sections: (1) Overview on the layout and how to use the assessment tool: (2) Data presented in 8 subject areas: Public Health, Adults, Children/Youth, Economic Health, Families, Census, Systems, and Violence; and (3) An attachment with school data by district.

Delaware County 2005-2010 Community Health Assessment (pdf, 203 pp.): Identifies eight priority/focus areas, and explains their approach for identifying broad-based areas of concern with a major focus on the causes of poor health. The eight areas include: (1) Improve children's heatlh (ages birth to 5); (2) Improve youth health (ages 5 - 18); (3) Improve healthy lifestyle behaviors among adults; (4) Expand cancer education and screening; (5) Expand heart disease edcuation and screening; (6) Improve health care services for elderly; (7) Emergency preparedness; (8) Flu vaccine shortage.

Dutchess County Community Health Assessment (pdf, 241 pages): Through a community-involved process, priorities were identified in three groupings: spotlight, emerging and maintenance. Issues listed under spotlight are: diabetes, prescription program, emergency preparedness, and drinking water enhancement; under emerging issues are health communication, maternal child health, and home care; and under maintenance are heart disease, arthropod disease and community health assessment. In addition, they have identified operational priorities relating to increasing efficiency in the workplace and building partnerships.

Monroe County Health Report Card: Health "report cards" are available for five focus areas: Maternal/Child Health, Adolescent Health, Adult Health, Older Adult Health and Environmental Health. Through a community process led by the Board of Health, two priorities for action were selected from the goals on each report card. Health Action partnerships address each of these priorities for action with secondary data analysis, and development, implementation and evaluation of interventions.

Selected example of Community Health Assessments (CHAs)by local health departments in New York State: Sections of, or the complete CHA document, of 1999-2004 CHAs submitted by Delaware, Monroe, Nassau, Putnam, Steuben, Tioga and Wayne, are provided as a reference and resource.