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Community Health Assessment (CHA)

The vision of Franklin County Public Health is to lead our communities in achieving optimal health for all. We believe the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) are major steps in fulfilling our role as the public health Chief Health Strategist by working in structured, cross-sector partnerships, addressing the social determinants of health, and making timely, reliable, and actionable data accessible to communities.
The CHA is an important piece in the development of a CHIP because it helps the community understand the health and health related issues that need addressed. It also provides the most current and reliable information about the health status of a community and where gaps may exist in achieving optimal health.
An ideal health assessment includes:

  • Participation from a variety of sectors such as local community members, businesses, faith-based organizations, stakeholders and other public health organizations.

  • Demographic information.

  • Information on risk factors, quality of life, mortality, morbidity, community assets, social determinants of health and health inequity.

  • Descriptions of health issues for specific populations and any health disparities, factors contributing to health challenges, community assets and/or resources. Data from a variety of sources and in a variety of forms (qualitative, quantitative, primary, and secondary).

  • A variety of data collection methods (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, or community forums, etc.

    Franklin County Public Health 2017-2019 CHA Report

    This community health assessment provides data and information that we hope will be embraced by local communities served by FCPH. This snapshot of the health and well-being of residents in Franklin County serves as a road map for addressing those health and health related issues impacting the overall health of our communities. To read the report, click on the image above.




    Franklin County Community Report

    During our community health forums, we conducted a CHA for Franklin County. To read the report click on the image above.









    Community Health Forums

    In July 2017, Franklin County Public Health
    collaborated with five community partners:

    • Mount Carmel East

    • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital

    • Ohio University at Dublin

    • Madison Township Community Center

    • Healthy New Albany

    These sponsors hosted the community forums in five separate regions. FCPH would like to thank its local communities for your participation in our 2017 Community Forums. At the conclusion of the community forums, key health needs and recommendations were collected to create a report for each region. Please click below to read each region's report.





Top Priority Concerns:

  1. Obesity

  2. Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  3. Mental Health

  4. Nutrition

  5. Employment, Poverty and Income

  6. Education

  7. Housing

  8. Access To Health Care/Medical Care




Top Priority Concerns:

  1. Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  2. Violence

  3. Employment, Poverty, and Income

  4. Coverage and Affordability

  5. Mental Health

  6. Physical Activity

  7. Education

  8. Access to Behavioral Healthcare

  9. Obesity

  10. Family and Social Support



Top Priority Concerns:

  1. Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  2. Mental Health

  3. Sexual and Reproductive Health

  4. Education

  5. Housing

  6. Physical Activity







Top Priority Concerns:

  1. Nutrition

  2. Housing

  3. Physical Activity

  4. Education

  5. Transportation

  6. Employment, Poverty, and Income

  7. Cardiovascular Disease

  8. Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  9. Mental Health

  10. Access to Healthcare


Top Priority Concerns:

  1. Food Environment

  2. Education

  3. Physical Activity

  4. Nutrition

  5. Housing

  6. Access to healthcare







Community Health Action Teams (CHATs)

One of the essential ingredients of the CHA is community engagement and collaborative participation. Franklin County Public Health has implemented Community Health Action Teams (CHATs) to engage community members.

To learn more about our CHATs, click here.