Maricopa Health Matters

Public Health is a collaborative effort and partnerships are an essential piece to ensuring that community representation is at the center of what we do. One of the most important ways that Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) does this is by conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) or Community Health Assessment (CHA) every three years.

A CHNA/CHA is a comprehensive data collection effort to identify the strengths, challenges, health priorities, and opportunities to address and improve public health. The data gathered allows us to establish priority health needs and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). This CHIP allows MCDPH to work with diverse networks within community organizations, healthcare, education, advocacy, and government to work collaboratively to establish goals, objectives and activities to move the needle forward and improve public health outcomes for our communities.

Every three years, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, in collaboration with health care and community partners, conducts a Community Health Assessment to develop a deeper understanding from residents about issues that relate to quality of life, availability of services, physical and mental health, and more. This goes beyond individual health to look at what is affecting the community overall, what health issues are affecting some communities more than others, and what other factors contribute to those issues. This research is supported by Synapse, a collaboration of healthcare partners, and the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIPMC).