Community Health Needs Assessment

What is a Community Health Assessment?

A community health assessment (sometimes called a CHA), also known as community health needs assessment (sometimes called a CHNA), refers to a local health assessment process that that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to systematically collect and analyze data to understand health within a specific community. Community health assessment data inform community decision-making, the prioritization of health problems, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of community health improvement plans.

The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for St. Mary’s County was created after analyzing both state and local health data. The CHIP provides a blueprint for improving the health of our residents as well as insight into long-term health solutions. The CHIP is a living document which is updated by the action teams of the HSMP to reflect current needs of St. Mary’s County.

St. Mary’s County Assessments

United Way ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report 2016 Maryland

St. Mary’s County Health Department Health Status Report 2015

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment 2015

St. Mary’s County Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) Needs Assessment 2015

St. Mary’s County Substance Misuse Needs Assessment 2015

St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services Overdose Prevention Plan 2014

Local Management Board Community Needs Assessment 2013

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment 2012


RWJ Foundation County Health Rankings

2015 Maryland Public Opinion Survey on Opioids

2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey – High School Summary Tables

Maryland State Health Improvement Process (SHIP)

Healthy People 2020

Community Health Assessment Resources

National Association of County & City Health Officials

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention