Community Health Needs Assessment

Our regular Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process for Carroll County is a vital step in making informed and competent plans to address Carroll’s unique health improvement needs.

The most recent CHNA for Carroll County included information from community members about their health knowledge, conditions, behaviors, and needs, such as chronic diseases and ability to access to health care. Instead of conducting the community survey by telephone, as in previous assessments, the information was gathered via online survey and other community outreach efforts.

Input was collected from a wide range of community and business leaders, representatives of health and human service agencies, and health care providers. In addition, specific high-risk and minority groups were contacted for information about general health issues, health care access, and the impact of social determinants of health.

Completing a CHNA at least every three years is a federal requirement of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. However, health needs assessment and planning has been a signature activity of The Partnership since it was founded in 1999.

The results of the 2015 CHNA and the follow-up prioritization process form the basis for Sharing the S.P.I.R.I.T. – the current Community Benefit and Health Improvement Plan for our community.



2016 Sharing the SPIRIT: Community Benefit and Health Improvement Plan for FY 2017-2018
2015 Consolidated Report for the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Carroll County (PDF)
2012 Sharing the SPIRIT: Community Benefit and Health Improvement Plan for FY 2014-2016 containing results of the 2012 CHNA for Carroll County


CLICK HERE for additional CHNA background.

For more information about the CHNA, contact The Partnership at 410-871-7645 or


SHIP & Local Health Improvement Process

Concurrently and in coordination with the CHNA, our organization also participates in the state-mandated Local Health Improvement Process for our community. This process is part of the larger State Health Improvement Process, or SHIP.  CLICK HERE to learn more.


Our Community Dashboard

Secondary data (data collected from the reports and records of other organizations) is an important part of our CHNA. Current available data is accessible through Our Community Dashboard – a web-based system maintained by the Healthy Communities Institute.  The information in the Dashboard is updated  whenever sources provide new data.

CLICK HERE to learn how to view and interpret Our Community Dashboard data symbols.

CLICK HERE to access Our Community Dashboard data tables.

Adults who have had a Routine Checkup

Breast Cancer Incidence Rate

Nonmedical Use of Pain Relievers

High School Graduation

Low-Income Preschool Obesity


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