Community Health Assessment

| May 7, 2014

2015 Community Health Assessment:

The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative project between United Way of Lane County, Lane County Public Health, PeaceHealth Oregon West, and Trillium CCO. Improving the health and wellbeing of Lane County residents is core work of the partnering organizations. The overall goal of this process is to identify key priority areas where the community can take action to improve overall population health.

The assessment process utilized by the Lane County partnership follows the framework from the national Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) model, an evidence-based community-wide strategic planning process for improving community health. MAPP was developed by the National Association of County and City Health officials in order to help communities improve health through collaborative, community-driven strategic planning.

Rather than focusing on medical health outcomes and indicators to assess community health, MAPP takes a comprehensive approach of looking at the myriad of factors that affect individual, family, and community health. Through a series of different assessments and community engagement, the Community Health Assessment team will look at data that addresses quality of life, socioeconomic factors, systems and policy level infrastructure, as well as traditional physical and mental health indicators. By considering such wide-ranging information, we aim to capture a full picture of health in our community.

The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment includes a county-wide visioning session and four different community assessments:

  1.  Community Health Status Assessment: What does the health status of our community look like?
  2. Local Public Health System Assessment: What are the components, activities, competencies, and capacities of our local public health system? How are the Essential Services being provided to our community?
  3. Community Strengths and Themes Assessment: What is important to our community? How is quality of life perceived in our community? What assets do we have that can be used to improve community health?
  4. Forces of Change Assessment: What is occurring or might occur that affects the health of our community or the local public health system? What specific threats or opportunities are generated by these occurrences?

The findings from the 2015 Community Health Assessment will lead to the creation and implementation of the 2016-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan.

We need your input for a successful 2015 CHNA! Please contact the Community Health Program Manager to learn how you can get involved – Heather Amrhein at [email protected] or 541-741-6000 x122


2012 Community Health Assessment:

In the spring of 2012, a collaboration of community members and organizations launched a comprehensive CHNA. Review of the data and information led to the identification of key objectives to improve community health in Lane County – the 2013-2016 Community Health Improvement Plan.

2012 South Lane County:

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