Health Centers are vital resources in many underserved communities. One of the most important roles they play is ensuring responsiveness to current health needs and concerns and the appropriate use of resources. To meet these objectives, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requires that a Health Center “demonstrates and documents the needs of its target population, updating its service area, when appropriate.”
In addition to helping direct funding and resources, community health assessments can assist Health Centers to improve health outcomes and promote healthy lifestyles. Successful and effective assessments require advanced planning and community involvement and collaboration.
Stay up to date with this educational tool that is intended to assist Health Centers and other organizations on how to incorporate Promotores(as) de Salud, the Spanish term for Community Health Workers, into each stage of the community health assessment. It provides guidelines on including Promotores(as) in the assessment process, but it is not intended to be a comprehensive plan.
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