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3. Community Health Status Assessment (CHSA)

The CHSA answers the questions, "How healthy are our residents?" and "What does the health status of our community look like?" The results of the CHSA provide the MAPP Committee with an understanding of the community''s health status and ensure that the community''s priorities include specific health status issues (e.g., high lung cancer rates or low immunization rates).

CHSA Highlights

The CHSA provides a list of core indicators (data elements) for 11 broad-based categories. Communities may also select additional indicators. By gathering data for each of these and comparing the jurisdiction's data to trend information or peer, state, and national data, health issues are identified.

Recommended Participants and Roles:

  • Subcommittee — designs and prepares for the CHSA process, oversees the collection and analysis of data, and compiles results.
  • MAPP Committee — oversees subcommittee activities, provides recommendations for collecting data and gathering community input.
  • Broad community involvement — should already be incorporated into the committee membership; however, if additional participants are desired for this process, they should be recruited.

Overview of the Steps for the CHSA Assessment:

  1. Prepare for the CHSA by establishing a subcommittee and planning how the CHSA steps will be undertaken.
  2. Collect data for the core indicators on the CHSA indicator list. Review previous assessment efforts and build from these as needed.
  3. Select additional data indicators to explore issues important to the community. Identify additional data indicators by reviewing the list of extended indicators or by developing locally relevant indicators. Collect data for the additional indicators.
  4. Organize and analyze data and present them in understandable charts and graphs. Compile the findings and disseminate them throughout the community (e.g., via a published document, a series of factsheets, or a Web site).
  5. Establish a system to monitor the indicators over time. Modify or add to the indicators periodically, as new information arises from other phases of MAPP.
  6. Identify challenges and opportunities related to health status that should be considered during the next phase, Identify Strategic Issues.


CHSA Overview
Find an overview of the steps necessary for this phase.

In-depth Guidance
Download full text of this phase as a PDF.

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