Community Health Improvement

NNPHI and its member public health institutes (PHIs) are engaged in numerous Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement (CHIP) initiatives with a broad range of partners, including public health departments, hospitals, and community-based organizations. As neutral conveners with expertise in facilitation, data collection and synthesis, and partner engagement, PHIs are ideally situated to provide support to a range of organizations in their collaborative CHA/CHIP efforts. 


NNPHI Publications


  • NNPHI's Public Health Performance Improvement Toolkit: CHA and CHIP
    Tools, samples, presentations, and other resources to support your CHA and CHIP process.
  • Principles to Consider for the Implementation of a Community Health Needs Assessment Process (PDF, 458 KB)
    June 2013. Sarah Rosenbaum, J.D., The George Washington University.
    This document identifies guiding principles to inform the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s community health needs assessment provisions applicable to not-for-profit hospitals that seek federal tax-exempt status. These principles offer a pathway for hospitals, public health entities and other interested parties to work collaboratively to address the health needs of their communities.
  • Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning in Kansas (Web) 
    December 23, 3013. Kansas Health Institute.
    This issue brief and a report released by the Kansas Health Institute summarize the results of a Public Health Services & Systems Research (PHSSR) funded study on CHA/CHIP experiences and outcomes in Kansas between 2012 and 2013. One finding from the study was that many CHA/CHIP activities had already been initiated in Kansas communities, and though few processes were complete, most were able to identify positive impacts of their CHA/CHIP work to date.
  • Leveraging Multi-Sector Investments: New Opportunities to leverage the Health and Vitality of Communities (Web)
    January 2014. Health Resources in Action.
    This Policy and Practice report by Health Resources in Action points out that the economic and community development sectors share much in common with the public health and medical care sectors. It amplifies an understanding of each other's needs and responsibilities, and identifies opportunities to more effectively work together to build healthier communities.
  • Using Community Health Data to Advance Public Health in Rural Areas (PDF, 467 KB)
    April 2013. Public Health Management Corporation.
    Presentation at Rural Health Conference on Public Health Management Corporation’s capabilities for community health needs assessments and how the recently completed assessments for 28 hospitals for Delaware Valley Healthcare Council can serve as a model for rural hospitals to meet the Affordable Care Act requirements.
  • Community Health Assessment, Part 1 (PDF, 1675 KB)
    April 23, 2012. NNPHI.
    Presentation on NNPHI's work and impact in CHA/CHIP, including how NNPHI and its members are building national partnerships for CHA/CHIP.
  • Community Health Assessment (CHA) Webinar (PDF, 833 KB)
    May 14, 2012. Health Resources in Action.
    Examples of how member institutes Health Resources in Action, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Georgia Health Policy Center, and Louisiana Public Health Institute are playing significant roles in the CHA field. 
  • Bell County Community Needs Coalition: 2010 Community Health Assessment (PDF, 623 KB)
    May 23, 2012. Texas Health Institute and Bell County Indigent Health Services Department.
    Presentation on how CHA data were used to help the county, hospitals, human service organizations, employers, schools, and other stakeholders to better understand the health and human services concerns of Bell County residents, prioritize the issues, and identify resources for addressing them.


To learn more about Community Health Improvement and connect with public health institutes with expertise, contact Melissa Schigoda, Program Coordinator, at


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