Detailed Needs Assessment Information
Charting the Course has evolved to far exceed the state
requirements and is broadly distributed to health care
organizations, libraries, businesses, policymakers and others who
have an interest in health. It represents the true value of CHIP's
collaborations by evaluating and communicating health status in
terms that both health professionals and the broader community can
The assessment integrates information from:
- Health-related statistics gathered and analyzed by the County
of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
- Health-related scientific literature.
- Results of facilitated discussions held with focus groups
representing a cross-section of age, ethnic, geographic, and
special interest groups.
- Results of a priority-setting process used by CHIP members to
rank competing health issues using objective rating scales related
to the health issue's size, seriousness and level of community
Our experience shows that communities can be effective in
addressing deep-rooted and complex issues when many segments of the
community work together. Charting the Course is designed
as a tool that our community can use to addresses problem issues.
More specifically, the assessment can be used too:
- Identify areas of progress where we can learn about the
principles of effective prevention and intervention efforts.
- Increase awareness of problem health issues including both
county-wide issues and demographic health disparities.
- Provide information and supporting data to improve our
understanding of the issues in order to better implement
- Serve as a catalyst for action.
Who uses the Needs Assessment
Historically, local hospitals, county agencies, key
stakeholders, healthcare providers, and community-based
organizations have all used the assessment to plan, implement or
justify their programs and services.
New to Charting the Course VI is a Phase II report that
will translate information into action in order to better enable
communities, organizations, hospitals, consumer groups and others
to establish and monitor preventative health programs in their
Some critical information the Phase II report are likely to
- Determining the underlying behavioral, social, economic or
other, conditions that contribute to an unsatisfactory health
- Identifying community resources and existing efforts focused on
these priority health concerns.
- Identifying service gaps and underserved populations or
- Identifying issue areas where future initiatives, coalitions or
partnership are needed and lead partnership building efforts.
- Suggesting ways to incorporate input from representatives from
underserved populations or communities into proposed
- Helping to develop a comprehensive community plan that
integrates state-of-the-art knowledge; possible measurable outcomes
and milestones; and potential partnerships for program