Community Health Assessment (CHA)

What is a CHA?

A Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a process through which you gain a better understanding of the health concerns and needs of the community by identifying, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on the community’s assets, strengths, resources, and needs. It includes information on risk factors, quality of life, morbidity, and mortality, social determinants of health, and health equity. It also includes information on how well the public health and healthcare systems provide services.The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services CHAs include data on the City of Nashua, the Greater Nashua Public Health Region (GNPHR), and the State of New Hampshire. 

This 2017 Greater Nashua CHA is the third comprehensive CHA conducted by the Division of Public Health and Community Services and their Public Health Advisory Council partners. It is a product of the dedication and collaboration of over 33 organizations, programs, and City departments serving the GNPHR. Like the previous CHAs, this data from the assessment will be used to prioritize health issues, develop goals and strategies to improve health outcomes, and implement evidence-informed initiatives to make our community a healthier place to live, work, and thrive.

The overarching goal for the CHA is to engage community members, identify emerging issues, and set the foundation for future programming in the GNPHR.


How can CHA Data be Used?

Community health assessment data can be used to inform community decision-making, including:

  • Academia 
  • Applying for funding/grants
  • Certification/accreditation/licensing
  • Developing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
  • Developing community health priorities
  • Meeting Community Needs Assessment requirements
  • Program evaluation
  • Program planning, enhancement, and implementation

CHA Health Topics

There are many health topics covered in CHAs, including, but not limited to:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Behavioral Health - Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Suicide
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Disease 
  • Climate Change 
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Environmental Health
  • Injury
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Oral Health
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Safety
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Weight Management, Physical Activity, and Nutrition

Get Involved!

As we work to complete our 2020 Greater Nashua CHA, we want to hear from our community. We have created the following  survey to gather data from the GNPHR with the goal of gauging people’s perception of health in their communities. We will also be using this survey as an opportunity to hear about people’s COVID-19 experiences. All of the data collected from this survey will be used in the 2020 Greater Nashua CHA that will be published in the fall on our Interactive Data Dashboard. We invite you to take the following survey to help us identify areas to improve upon in the next three years. Take the survey in English or Spanish.Community Portrait SURVEY Flyer (7) Opens in new windowCommunity Portrait SURVEY Flyer (10)

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2020 Greater Nashua CHA

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