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Community Health Assessment: Resources

On this page you will find documents, links, training materials and tools to help you better understand the CHA process and prepare your county's report.

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 Community Assessment Guidebook and Accompanying Documents

 CHA Data and Other Resources

 CHA in Collaboration with Non-Profit Hospitals to Meet Affordable Care Act Requirements

 Collaborative EBS Approach

 Health Issues

 Chronic Disease

 Community Health


 Diverse Populations

 Eliminating Disparities

 Environmental Health

 Health Promotion


Maps can be used to visually and spatially analyze and geographically display your Community Health Assessment (CHA) data. Mapping technology allows you to integrate health outcome or risk factor data with geographic, structural and spatial information, allowing you to take your analysis to a deeper level.

Examples of Spatial Patterns in Health
  1. Since treatment for heart attacks and strokes must be given as soon as possible to be effective, you may be interested in mapping deaths from heart attacks and strokes and calculating the distance to the nearest hospital.
  2. To assess need and target interventions to improve infant health, you could compare a map of people living below the poverty level with a map of preterm births by census tract.
  3. To evaluate existing opportunities for physical activity, you could overlay a map of walking trails in your county with obesity prevalence for each zip code.

These are just a few examples, but the possibilities are endless.

Some mapping programs are expensive and/or require training. Your environmental health or city/county planning department may already have mapping software and employees who are trained in using GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Talk with them about the potential for collaboration on your CHA.

Free mapping tools are now available and more user-friendly than ever. Most products have a tutorial or help link that takes you through a self-guided training.

  • Epi Info external link is a free program from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) made for public health professionals that has a mapping component and self-guided tutorial.
  • Also check out the following article for an example on how to use the Google EarthTM mapping service in community assessment.

Lefer TB, Anderson MR, Fornari A, Lambert A, Fletcher J, Baquero M.
Using Google Earth as an innovative tool for community mapping.
Public Health Rep. 2008 Jul-Aug;123(4):474-80.PMID: 18763409 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The United States Census Bureau provides interactive mapping toolsexternal link with business and population counts and details about industries, age, sex, race, ethnicity, and housing status. Maps include data from the 2010 Census and the County Business Data program. Statistics are available on the national, state, and county levels.

 N.C. Facts and Demographics

 PowerPoints from Trainings

 Resource Development

Federal and State Funding Sources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance external link
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.

CDC Foundation external link
The CDC Foundation is the nonprofit enterprise that fights threats to health by creating programs with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is the federal agency that protects America's health and safety, provides expert information to guide health decisions, and builds strong partnerships to promote health.

CDC Funding Opportunities external link
CDC's Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) is responsible for: 1) the awarding and administration of CDC's grants and cooperative agreements and those of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); 2) the acquisition of program related health studies, professional services and research and development; and 3) the procurement of services, equipment, commodities, construction, and architectural and engineering services for CDC Programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Funding Opportunities external link
Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Community Health Funding Report - CD Publications external link
Community Health Funding Report helps nonprofit executive directors, program coordinators, and development directors maximize their fundraising and grantseeking effectiveness.

The Federal Register external link
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

FirstGov, the official site for US Government information, forms and services external link
FirstGov is a public-private partnership, led by a cross-agency board and administered by the Office of FirstGov in the General Services Administration's Office of Government wide Policy.

GrantsNet external link
GrantsNet is an Internet application tool created by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Grants Management (OGM) for finding and exchanging information about HHS and other Federal grant programs. GrantsNet serves the general public, the grantee community, and grant-maker.

National Institutes of Health: Grants & Funding Opportunities external link
The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts serves as the official publication of NIH policies, procedures, and availability of funds. for Nonprofits external link
Information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more.

North Carolina Community Resource Information System (NC-CRIS) external link
CRIS provides information about grants and loans administered by North Carolina state agencies. Some technical assistance programs are also described.

USDA Rural Development Notice of Funding external link
Rural Development announces the availability of money for many of its programs in the Federal Register, through a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA). Each NOFA lists the application deadlines, eligibility requirements, and places where you can get more help in applying for program dollars.

The NC TraCS Institute external link
The NC TraCS Institute is committed to working with NC communities to find answers to our most pressing health problems. Using the expertise of citizens in our communities along with that of researchers at North Carolina's universities, we can be more effective in promoting health and reducing illness, disability and premature death. This research technique is called community-engaged research.

North Carolina Grantmakers

Aetna Foundation external link
The Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic organization funded by Aetna, has been an acknowledged leader in addressing society's most compelling issues and leading volunteer efforts for nearly 30 years.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund external link
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation whose mission is to advance the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.

Cisco Foundation external link
The Cisco Foundation funds organizations in the community that provide education, generate and sustain community service, or meet basic human needs. The Foundation focuses on those programs that extend useful innovation and attempt to make lasting positive change.

The Duke Endowment external link
The Duke Endowment is a charitable trust, established by North Carolina industrialist James Buchanan Duke. While the Endowment is legally a trust, it also meets the definition of a private or independent foundation: a non-governmental, non-profit organization, established with funds provided by an individual, a family, or a corporation, to promote philanthropic purposes by making grants.

Golden LEAF: Long-Term Economic Advancement Foundation external link
The mission of Golden LEAF is to improve the social and economic conditions of North Carolina's people. Our objectives are to promote the social welfare of North Carolina's citizens and to receive and distribute funds for economic impact assistance.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust external link
The Trust was created in 1947 under Mrs. Reynolds' will. She designated that one-fourth of the income from the Trust be used for the poor and needy in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and that three-fourths of the income be used for charity patients in NC hospitals.

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation external link
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation makes grants to help nonprofit organizations and coalitions build just and caring communities. We are especially interested in work that seeks to assure the well-being of children, youth and families; bridge the faultlines of race and class; and invest in communities' human and natural resources.

North Carolina Community Foundation external link
The Mission of the North Carolina Community Foundation is to enable North Carolinians of all means to make significant and lasting gifts for the benefit of their communities.


North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation external link
With funds from the North Carolina General Assembly and in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Healthy Start Foundation continues its statewide efforts to decrease infant deaths by promoting healthy pregnancies and child health through media, public awareness campaigns, and a grants program.

United Way of North Carolina external link
The United Way of North Carolina is a state-wide organization located in Raleigh with the purpose of assisting member United Ways in North Carolina and helping them better serve their communities. We help them locate grants for the agencies they serve, act as the public policy face for United Way to the North Carolina state government, oversee large projects and, much more.

Other Organizations Providing Resources

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation external link
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to improving people's lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community.

March of Dimes external link
The March of Dimes takes pride in our history, our unique record of success - over six decades of service to the public, helping to save our nation's children and babies.

Public Health Foundation external link
The Public Health Foundation (PHF), a national, non-profit organization, is dedicated to supporting, convening, and advancing efforts of local, state, and federal public health agencies and systems to promote and protect the health of people living within their respective jurisdictions.

The Rockefeller Foundation external link
The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based global foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world.