Every three years Carolina East Health System and local health departments are required to complete a community health needs assessment (CHNA). The purpose of the CHNA is to examine the health issues and status of communities within the county and to identify health priorities that will be the focus for community health improvement for the next three years. This year we are taking a tri-county approach; Carolina East Health System, Craven County Health Department, Pamlico County Health Department, and Jones County Health Department will collaborate to complete the CHNA process.
The CHNA process uses a systematic approach though collection, assembly, analysis, and dissemination of information about the health of the county. There are eight phases in the CHNA process: 1) Establish a community health assessment team, 2) Collect primary data, 3) Collect secondary data, 4) Analyze and interpret data, 5) Determine health priorities, 6) Create the CHNA document, 7) Disseminate the CHNA document, and 8) Develop community health improvement plans.
We are currently in phase four of the CHNA process. Data used to determine health priorities will be available in the fall of 2021.