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.