The Role of the Epidemiologist in CHAs and CHIPs – 6/11/2014

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Speakers: Vickie Boothe, Population Health Metrics Team Lead, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services and Teresa Daub, Lead Public Health Advisor, Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support


Description: Community health assessments (CHAs) play important roles in understanding and improving population health and reducing health disparities. Two recent developments have increased interest in CHAs and the Community Health Improvement Process. First, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires tax-exempt hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) every three years. The CHNAs must represent the broad interests of the community and include individuals with expertise in public health. Second, the Public Health Accreditation Board’s (PHAB’s) national public health accreditation program, launched in 2011, requires a comprehensive CHA and community improvement plan (CHIP) based on broad participation of community partners and information from a variety of sources. 

This webinar will focus on the critical role of state and local epidemiologists in the CHA/CHIP process with a focus on the data driven steps of the steps of assessment, prioritization and planning, intervention implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. 

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the current CHA/CHIP drivers;
  2. Identify 4 products of effective CHA/CHIPs;
  3. Identify available epidemiological resources and tools;
  4. Articulate the role of epidemiologists in CHA/CHIPs.

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