RAHD Community Health Assessment Update (5/2023)

RAHD Community Health Improvement Plan Update (07/2023)


The Community Health Assessment (CHA)

  • Is a collaborative process that brings multiple local organizations/groups and residents (like you!) together to gain the truest understanding of life in RAHD
  • Looks beyond the traditional medical definition of health (i.e. the healthcare system) to examine the social determinants of health such as housing, income, employment, education, access to healthy food and more
  • Provides a framework to understand the health outcomes of the RAHD by identifying important health needs and existing community assets
The information gained from a CHA leads to developing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

  • Is a collaborative plan that brings multiple local organizations/groups and residents together to develop an action plan for the community based on the data discovered in the CHA.
  • Ensures that the priorities are relevant to the concerns of the community and that all objectives and strategies are S.M.A.R.T. — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound
  • All strategies within the CHIP were developed by community partners and will be carried out by community partners. Strategies are tracked via an online dashboard that is updated quarterly and can be found at the link below. The dashboard will be updated quarterly, so changes made to goals, objectives, or strategies between updates will not necessarily be reflected in real-time.


Click HERE to access the CHIP Dashboard

Click HERE to download the FY23-FY25 CHA

Click HERE to access the FY23-FY25 CHIP

Click HERE to view additional Community Health Data

Click HERE to access the Community Asset List

For additional information about the MAPP processes, used in the development of the CHA/CHIP, please visit the National Association of County and City Health Officials Website.

If you have questions about the CHA or CHIP, or if you would like to be added to our CHIP Newsletter mailing list, which is published quarterly, please email Ellen Justesen at: e.justesen@vdh.virginia.gov.


Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for RAHD: 2021-2022

Locality Workgroups

Steering Committee Meetings


Access to Healthcare Services in RAHD Report – March 2023