What is a Community Health Assessment?


A community health assessment is a comprehensive description of the health status of a population, accomplished by using a collaborative process of collecting and analyzing information in partnership with community members and organizations. The description of population health status includes identification of issues for health improvement, determination of factors that contribute to health issues, and consideration of resources that can be mobilized for health improvement. The community health assessment is the basis for developing a community health improvement plan. Successful use of the community health assessment requires a process for educating and mobilizing communities, developing health priorities, garnering resources, and planning actions to improve community health.

Kitsap Community Health Priorities (KCHP) is the community health improvement process for Kitsap County, Washington. KCHP was initiated by a three-member “Sponsor Group”, comprised of the directors of the local Health District, nonprofit hospital and United Way. Since 2011, the Sponsor Group has been expanded to include the Kitsap Community Foundation and the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. KCHP completed a community health assessment during February to July 2014 using a modified MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) framework. A volunteer Advisory Group of 47 community leaders representing 27 agencies/communities served as the KCHP “think tank,” generating and reviewing health status information to facilitate identification of key issues.

2011 Assessment

Kitsap Community Health Priorities (KCHP)


2014 Assessment

Community Assessments

Note:  The data will be analyzed again in late 2018.