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Community Health Needs Assessment

Every 3-5 years, local public health departments lead a community-wide discussion with stakeholders and residents about their community’s health needs.

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After identifying needs in the community, local public health departments & community partners work together to identify objectives and strategies to address these needs. The process involves both the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) – both of which are fundamental elements in statewide planning. The Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan are living documents that may be updated periodically; CHNA-CHIP has a 20+ year history in Iowa, and represents local action to promote and protect the health of Iowans.

Throughout 2023-2024, Benton County will be focusing efforts on the following topics:

  • Mental Health
  • Preventative Health
  • Substance Abuse

For more information on these topics and how they were chosen as priorities, check out the CHNA & CHIP reports below: