Accreditation and Performance

ASTHO Publishes State Health Assessment Guidance and Resources

March 5, 2014

State Health Assessment Guidance and Resources

This guide is intended to be a resource for state health departments developing a state health assessment (SHA). ASTHO has noted increased interest in the SHA and state health improvement planning (SHIP) processes in recent years with the development of national accreditation standards through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and with grant initiatives such as CDC’s National Public Health Improvement Initiative. This guidance document includes information and tips based on state health departments’ experiences conducting a SHA.

The State Health Assessment Guidance and Resources document includes four modules covering important components of the state health assessment (SHA) process:Identifying and engaging system stakeholders.

  1. Identifying and engaging system stakeholders.
  2. Collecting and analyzing health status data.
  3. Collecting and analyzing stakeholder and community input data.
  4. Summarizing, presenting, and communicating findings.

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