243857 Organizing chaos: The community health assessment prioritization process in Chatham County, North Carolina

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:06 AM

Marissa Jelks Mortiboy, MPH , Nutrition Services, North Carolina Division of Public Health, Raleigh, NC
Vanessa Farrar, MPH , Community Health Promotion and Advocacy, Chatham County Public Health Department, Pittsboro, NC
Alison Mendoza, MPH , Research and Evaluation, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
Community Health Assessments (CHAs) are conducted in local health departments across the country, with the purpose of systematically evaluating epidemiological data, community perspectives, the political climate, and the availability of resources to determine health priorities for future action. Because of the plethora of data collected for CHAs and the multitude of stakeholders involved in the process, gaining consensus on health priorities can be challenging. In health issue prioritization debates, it is often difficult hear all voices at the table. Also, while primary and secondary data have always informed priority setting in Chatham County, it has not always been clear exactly how to incorporate all of these data into prioritization discussions. The 2010 Chatham County Community Health Assessment Steering team aimed to improve the CHA prioritization process by increasing the use of primary and secondary data in decision making, allowing for more voices to be heard in the prioritization debate, and having a clearer structure for setting priorities. Fact sheets and score sheets were used as tools to guide the process. Leaders of the Steering Team used timed discussions to increase efficiency and give equal attention to each issue. This presentation will describe 2010 Community Health Assessment in Chatham County, NC and how health priorities were determined by integrating information from multiple data sources, incorporating the issue of health disparities into the process, and creatively engaging members of Steering Team. Attendees will be exposed to tools that they can utilize when conducting CHAs.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the 2010 Community Health Assessment issue prioritization process for Chatham County, North Carolina. 2. Demonstrate tools that can be used in conducting Community Health Assessments.

Keywords: Needs Assessment, Public Health Administration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I coordinated the Community Health Assessment process and wrote the final report.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.