Community assessment in a vertically integrated health care system

Am J Public Health. 2001 May;91(5):811-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.91.5.811.


Objectives: In this report, the authors present a representative case of the implementation of community assessment and the subsequent application of findings by a large, vertically integrated health care system.

Methods: Geographic information systems technology was used to access and analyze secondary data for a geographically defined community. Primary data included a community survey and asset maps.

Results: In this case presentation, information has been collected on demographics, prevalent health problems, access to health care, citizens' perceptions, and community assets. The assessment has been used to plan services for a new health center and to engage community members in health promotion interventions.

Conclusions: Geographically focused assessments help target specific community needs and promote community participation. This project provides a practical application for integrating aspects of medicine and public health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Health Care Coalitions
  • Health Planning / methods*
  • Health Priorities
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Management Information Systems
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • United States