This webpage provides information relevant to steps taken by the Catholic Health Association of the United States in its assessment of community benefits and community health needs. Information is also provided on specific topic areas, such as health equity and adjustments made during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Assessment and Engagement
Community assessment is a systematic process by which a community’s health status and related factors are examined; it is used to identify problems and assets in a community. Through community engagement, stakeholders work together to address health-related issues and promote well-being with the goal of improving health outcomes. These two processes work hand-in-hand to facilitate health improvements. COVID-19 has changed the assessment landscape in many ways–introducing new challenges for engagement, upending pre-pandemic implementation plans, and necessitating new and updated data to understand emerging health impacts and needs.