Community Health Assessment (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

The Community Health Assessment (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) resources in this library have been outlined in a three part format to help the novice better understand the importance and components of CHA & CHIP.

Part 1: CHA/CHIP

  • The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) launched its voluntary national accreditation program for public health departments in September 2011. This program requires local health departments (LHDs) to submit three prerequisites, developed within five years prior, as part of the application process: 1) a community health assessment (CHA), 2) a community health improvement plan (CHIP). Below are resources that can help expand your understanding of CHA and CHIP.

PHAB Accreditation
  • Public health department accreditation is defined as the development of a set of standards, a process to measure health department performance against those standards, and reward or recognition for those health departments who meet the standards.

  • PHAB’s public health department accreditation process seeks to advance quality and performance within public health departments. Accreditation standards define the expectations for all public health departments that seek to become accredited. National public health department accreditation has been developed because of the desire to improve service, value, and accountability to stakeholders.

Community Engagement Resources (via NACCHO)

Part 2: Steps/Process (from NACCHO)

Part 3: Sustaining Community Engagement: Community Mobilization



The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a new mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), provides an opportunity for people to engage their local hospitals, not only in assessing and planning programs to address the health needs of residents but also implementing and evaluating the success of those programs over time. The resources on this page will provide some initial guidance to advocates and community-based organizations as they navigate the community benefit planning process.