A core function of public health is assessment. The purpose of the community health assessment is to learn about the community: the health of the population, contributing factors to higher health risks or poorer health outcomes of identified populations and community resources available to improve the health status.
A community health assessment is a collaborative process of collecting and analyzing data and information for use in educating and mobilizing communities, developing priorities, garnering resources or using resources in different ways, adopting or revising policies and planning actions to improve the population’s health.
The community health assessment process is guided by the Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County (the Partnership), consisting of over 60 individuals serving as representatives of local organizations or as local residents.
2013 Community Health Assessment Priorities:
Access to healthcare and medications
Alcohol abuse and drug abuse