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Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Left, Kathleen N. Gillespie, and William R. True

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195397895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.001.0001

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Community Assessment

Community Assessment

Chapter:
(p.101) 4 Community Assessment
Source:
Evidence-Based Public Health
Author(s):

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.003.0004

Community assessments are one of the first steps in an evidence-based process. These may include efforts to identify morbidity and mortality, environmental and organizational conditions, existing policies, and relationships among key stakeholders. This chapter is divided into several sections. The first provides a background on community assessments. The next section describes why a community assessment is critical. The third section discusses a range of partnership models that might useful in conducting community assessments. The next sections outline who to assess, what to assess, and how to conduct assessments. The final section describes how to disseminate the community assessment findings.

Keywords:   evidence-based public health, public health practice, community assessment, partnership

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