Announcing Newly Revised Resources for Community Health Needs Assessments

June 23, 2017

The Resources for Improving Community Health website,, now includes recently updated tools to help hospitals, public health departments, and their partners to create high quality Community Health Needs Assessments. Though excessive alcohol use is the subject matter of these new resources, they are templates that can be adapted to other health priorities. 

Report and Track Your Progress: the Sample Dashboard for Measuring the Progress and Impact of Alcohol-Related Initiatives is an Excel template for organizing, tracking, and presenting data in a way that maximizes viewer understanding. Enter your local data on any health topic, and the Dashboard does the rest—creating tables, charts, and a two-page report on your community’s health. To get started, download the User Guide to the Dashboard with detailed instructions that make it easy to adapt this tool to meet your local needs. 

Drive Your Initiative with a Map: the Strategy Map for Preventing and Reducing Alcohol Misuse is an online, multi-layered model to help you with every stage of community health improvement, especially evaluating your efforts. Comprehensive links to resources make this a “one-stop shop” for those who are working to create healthier alcohol environments. Not focused on alcohol? The map also serves as a template for building up to policy change and measuring impact. The User Guide to the Strategy Map includes ideas for using the map at various stages of coalition work. 

Ready to choose effective policies and programs to improve community health in the areas of alcohol misuse, mental health, oral health, nutrition and physical activity? Our companion tools, Pick List of Alcohol-Related Strategies and Objectives with Focus: A Pick List of Sample Objectives for Effective Implementation present dozens of strategies, each with a sample time-bound objective, evidence base, and links to implementation tools. 

These resources were created by Community Health Improvement in Action, a collaboration between the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards and the UW Population Health Institute with participation from the Wisconsin Hospital Association. CHIA is funded by a grant from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).

If you have any questions about the tools or would like to schedule a free online consultation or presentation on how you can use them to improve the health of your community, contact Project Manager Sara Jesse at or 608-432-3042.

This story originally appeared in the June 23, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter