Assess Needs & Resources
One of your first steps in improving your community is to take stock. What challenges do you face? What strengths, assets, and resources do you have to help you face your challenges? Are there some who face challenges that others do not?
The purpose of this step is to understand your current community strengths, resources, needs, and gaps to help you decide where and how to focus your efforts. The guidance here will answer questions like:
- What questions do we have about the health of our community?
- What data will help us answer those questions?
- Where do we find data?
- How do we move WITH data to action?
Our Top Tools
Our Roadmaps to Health Coaches say these are must-have tools for this step. (Find additional relevant tools in each key activity below.)
- Using the Rankings Data (from CHR&R)
- Equity and Empowerment Lens: 5 Ps Worksheet (from Multnomah County)
- Assessing Community Needs and Resources (from the Community Tool Box)
- Photovoice (from NACCHO and East Central Kansas Public Health Coalition)
- Community Assessment Tools (from Rotary International)
Looking for a quick primer on this step? Check out our Assess Shortcut. Take this 2-page PDF with you to share with your partners. Use it to discuss where you are in your work and what challenges you face.
Last updated: March 2017