COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN (CHNA & HIP) GUIDE

Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA & HIP) Guide

The following community health needs assessment and health improvement planning (CHNA & HIP) guide consists of basic steps and tools for community assessment and planning. Key elements include an analysis of community health needs and assets and developing a set of priorities and objectives for taking action. The process requires community participation for making decisions about improving the community’s health and mobilizing support and resources.

These steps are consistent with the assessment and planning requirements in the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Public Health Standards (Domains 1 and 5) available at www.phaboard.org/accreditation-process/public-health-department-standards-and-measures/ and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for tax-exempt hospitals at https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-30525.

However, additional documentation is required to demonstrate compliance with PHAB and IRS requirements. See the documents referenced above for specific documentation requirements.

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Principles to Guide a CHNA Process

Background on CHNA