Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE): Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Prioritize Community Needs

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Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE): Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Prioritize Community Needs

Description

Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) is a data collection tool and
planning resource for community members who want to improve the health of their community. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement.

To use the CHANGE tool, an Action Guide is provided, which walks through the step-by-step process for completing the tool. In addition, this Action Guide provides resources for team building along with worksheets, templates, and Excel files to support the data collection and review processes.

Once complete, the CHANGE tool can help community teams achieve the following:

  • Identify community strengths and areas for improvement
  • Identify and understand the status of community health needs
  • Define improvement areas to guide the community toward implementing and sustaining policy, systems, and environmental changes around healthy living strategies (e.g., increased physical activity, improved nutrition, reduced tobacco use and exposure, and chronic disease management)
  • Assist with prioritizing community needs and consider appropriate allocation of available resources

Developer:

Centers for Disease Control

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control

History

Release Date: 2010
Original Summary: July 2011
Last Updated: 08/03/11

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