Community health needs assessment is both the activity and product of identifying and prioritizing a community's health needs, accomplished through the collection and analysis of data, including input from community stakeholders. It can be used to inform the development of strategies and plans to address prioritized needs, with the goal of contributing to improvements in the community's health.
Community health needs assessment methods and characteristics can vary according to the size and nature of the community, the lead organization or partners and their goals, the resources available and other local factors.
During 2013, the University of South Alabama Medical Center and the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital collaborated in conducting a community health needs assessment for Mobile County, Alabama. Download a copy of the report on that assessment. [Adobe PDF, 1.5MB]