User Tips

Users will come to the Community Health Assessment Clearinghouse for different reasons. We have tried to identify the tasks you have within your organization, and accordingly selected the content. You may be:

  • Working with board member or legislators on policy issues including assessments;
  • Coordinating or overseeing the assessment process;
  • Focusing on locating or collecting data, analysis and interpretation; or
  • Assisting with completing sections of the assessment;

Community Health Assessment Clearinghouse is organized under five major areas - Data, How-To Guide, Examples, Links and About Us. If you have a question or request please contact us by sending an email to You may choose to join a listserv, an electronic discussion group, to participate in a dialogue on issues related to assessment.


  • Links to appropriate public health data through tables, trends charts and maps
  • List questions to ask when searching for answers through data
  • Provides links to data training and other resources

How-To Guide

  • Guides process planners and coordinators charged with conducting an assessment through a 10-step process.
  • Suggests tools and strategies thatcan be used during different parts of the process
  • Provide background information on process


  • Links to evidence-based practice research resources
  • Has examples of selected 1999-2004 CHAs from local health departments andthe preliminary review
  • Has link to report cards on the web


  • Links to training resources
  • Materials related to New York State Assessment Initiative sponsored trainings


  • Links to resources related to data, how to do assessments, examples from the field
  • Other resources include: user tips, table of contents, and glossary

About Us

  • Describes the Office of Public Health Practice, a part of the Office of Public Health