Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

Our regular Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process for Carroll County is a vital step in making informed and competent plans to address Carroll’s unique health improvement needs. The most recent CHNA for Carroll County included information from community members about their health knowledge, conditions, behaviors, and needs, such as chronic diseases and ability to access to health care. Instead of conducting the community survey by telephone, as in previous assessments, the information was gathered via online survey and other community outreach efforts.

Input was collected from a wide range of community and business leaders, representatives of health and human service agencies, and health care providers. In addition, specific high-risk and minority groups were contacted for information about general health issues, health care access, and the impact of social determinants of health.

Health needs assessment and planning has been a signature activity of The Partnership since it was founded in 1999. Completing a CHNA at least every three years became a federal requirement with the Affordable Care Act of 2010.