Assessment & Prioritization

Assessment

Identifying Your Priority Populations

priority populationsAssessment is an essential core public health function that is conducted to determine the extent or significance of health needs of a community. A community health assessment involves these Essential Public Health Services:

•  Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
•  Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in a community.
•  Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.

Prioritization is an important process for determining what should be done to address identified health needs of the community. Prioritization may be conducted to:

  • Decide which health issue to address first based on critical need established through a review of available data.
  • Prepare an order for addressing health needs based on available resources.
  • Determine which health issues are most likely to be successfully impacted through available evidence-based interventions.
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