Community Health Needs Assessment

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), also known as Community Health Assessment (CHA), refers to state, tribal, local, or territorial health assessment that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.

Community health needs assessments use such principles as:

  • Multisector collaboration that support shared ownership of all phases of community health improvement, including assessment, planning, investment, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Proactive, broad, and diverse community engagement to improve a community’s health outcomes.
  • A definition of community that encompasses both a significant enough area to allow for population-wide interventions and measurable results, and includes targeted focus to address disparities among subpopulations.
  • Maximum transparency to improve community engagement and accountability.
  • Use of evidence-based interventions and encouragement of innovative practices with thorough evaluation.
  • Evaluation to inform a continuous improvement process.
  • Use of highest quality data pooled from, and shared among, diverse public and private sources.

The Public Health Accreditation board defines community health assessment as a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems and assets in a community. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community’s health needs and identified issues. A variety of tools and processes may be used to conduct a community health assessment; the essential ingredients are community engagement and collaborative participation.

More information about community health needs assessments can be found:

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department and Wyoming Medical Center are co-sponsoring the 2018 Natrona County Health Needs Assessment.

The 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment includes:
-A Community Health Status Report, which is a systematic examination of health status indicators for Natrona County residents. Please view the report here 

A series of community-focused listening sessions during summer 2018

  • August 6, 2018 6pm at Casper-Natrona County Health Department, 475 South Spruce Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601
  • August 13, 2018 6pm at Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, 1701 East K Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601
  • August 20, 2018 6pm at Town of Mills Small Community Room, 704 Fourth Street, Mills, Wyoming 82604
  • August 23, 2018 6pm at Edgerton Town Hall, 311 North Second Street, Edgerton, Wyoming 82635
  • August 27, 2018 6pm at Evansville Town Hall, 235 Curtis Street, Evansville, Wyoming 82636

-Summation of quantitative and qualitative data from assessment to prioritize health challenges
-Utilization of workgroups to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address health priorities.
-Implementation of the CHIP