Norwalk Health Department

Coleading a Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan With Norwalk Hospital

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A Connecticut health department and hospital share resources to identify and begin to address community health needs.

The Issue:

As part of applying for national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board, a health department must complete a self-assessment against standards and measures. The department also then must identify a partner for conducting a community health assessment (CHA) and creating community health improvement plan (CHIP).

Key Findings

  • Norwalk (Ct.) health department chose to partner with Norwalk Hospital on the CHA-CHIP, building on previous successful collaborations.

  • The health department received a National Association of County & City Health Officials grant designating it as a national CHA-CHIP demonstration site.

  • The core team established a timeline to complete the six steps recommended by the Association for Community Health Improvement.

  • The team formed a task force with stakeholder representation that spurred community interest in improving health.

  • After data collection and analysis, the task force selected priority improvement areas.

Conclusion:

The health department improved its readiness for accreditation and increased staff knowledge of health improvement processes.

About the Study:

The CHAP was conducted from March to August 2012; the CHIP completed by December 2012; the final strategic plan by March 2013.

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