Community Health Needs Assessment

Our multi-pronged 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) examined the health status of our community from a number of perspectives.  The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County launched the community’s next comprehensive CHNA in January 2015.

Organized in collaboration with Carroll Hospital and the Carroll County Health Department, the assessment activity took place from January through April 2015. The information collected will allow prioritization and planning to meet Carroll’s unique health improvement needs.

The 2015 CHNA 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 by online survey and other community outreach efforts.

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

Completing a CHNA every three years is a federal government requirement of the Affordable Care Act. 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 follow-up prioritization process will be used to create the 2017-2019 Community Benefit and Health Improvement Plan.

  • CLICK HERE to see our current Health Improvement Plan, Sharing the SPIRIT, based on prioritization of the 2012 CHNA results.

To learn more 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 leads 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. This data is accessible now 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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