Reports & Plans

Every three years, the Northland Health Alliance creates a new Community
Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.

What is a Community Health Assessment (CHA)?

This is a report of the health and well-being of citizens who live in, work in, or visit Kansas City’s Northland community. It brings together information from resident surveys, public health data, census reports, hospital data and more.

The purpose of a CHA is to inform healthcare staff, government officials, and the community about how healthy we are now and what we still need to be healthier. It helps us better understand which needs are the most important and urgent. It also assists organizations and decisionmakers in wisely creating policy, assigning resources and planning for actions that can improve the health of people in our community.

What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)?

After identifying what the top three priorities for the plan should be, the task forces assigned to the priorities come up with a plan. This plan is usually published about six months after the CHA.

The CHIP states the groups’ goals, strategies, what actions should be taken, a timeline and more. It also includes key performance indicators, which are ways the task forces will know they’re on their way to meeting their goals.


Community Health Assessment – now available as an interactive dashboard

Community Health Improvement Plan – Coming soon

For this cycle, a series of community listening sessions helped NHA to form a set of guiding principles. These principles were then used throughout process of creating the CHA and CHIP.

Vision Statement: Every person has the same opportunity to make choices that allow them to live a long and healthy life.

Value Statements:

  • Equity: We value diversity and inclusion. We include all individuals and populations and seek to address inequities and racism in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, learn and age.
  • Listening: We value voice. Every part of every community has an equal opportunity for their voices to be heard and considered with dignity and respect in conversations about health.
  • Effectiveness: We value impact. We design and implement sustainable, collaborative, data-informed strategies to create a healthy community.

Join one of the creators of the Northland Health Alliance’s 2021 Community Health
Dashboard, for a virtual tour of this new resource.