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, 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 Greater Nashua Community. 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 Greater Nashua Public Health Region. 

How can CHA Data be Used?

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

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

CHA Health Topics

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

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

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2020 Greater Nashua CHA

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