What Is a Community Health Assessment?

CHA-CHIP CycleThe Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a community-driven effort that is used to inform the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and is completed every 5 years. By incorporating county population-level health data with thoughts and opinions of community members, community-based organizations, and key stakeholders, the CHA seeks to identify physical, mental, and socioeconomic health issues and gaps in needs. Having consistent data allows us to effectively set health improvement priorities and identify communities, groups, and resources that can help us move towards a healthier future. Through this assessment, priority areas are identified and addressed in upcoming years.

Our Community Health Assessments:

What Is a Community Health Improvement Plan?

In accordance with CHA activities and community health improvement processes, a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a long-term, systematic effort aimed at addressing public health issues at a community level.

CHIPs are coordinated efforts to address public health problems based on the results of CHA activities and the community health improvement process. With the help of community partners, in collaboration with health and other governmental agencies, this plan is used to set priorities, coordinate, and target resources for services. The development of health improvement plans is critical to being responsive to community health needs, developing policies, and identifying action plans that target initiatives that promote health. The CHIP is the written action plan that states how we plan as a community to address the priority areas identified in the CHA.

Our Community Health Improvement Plans:

Health Equity Narrative

The Health Equity Narrative sums up the health status of priority populations in Yamhill County. These populations are community members historically underserved and underrepresented by government representatives and other leaders. These groups include but are not limited to older adults, rural residents, migrant workers, trans folks, disabled community members, immigrants, genderqueer and nonbinary people, and People of Color. Analysis of the data shows that these priority groups have worse health statuses compared to other county sub-populations. This analysis is one integral tool of Yamhill County Public Health's Health Equity Action Plan.