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Comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment

What is a community health assessment?

A community health assessment looks at how healthy a whole community is. This helps find key health problems in the community and create ways to address local health needs.

You may be wondering why redwoods were chosen to represent the work contained in this document and in the planning to follow.

First of all, we know that redwoods have shallow root systems that extend outward over 100 feet from the base of the tree,intertwining with the roots of other redwoods. This increases the redwoods’ stability to weather strong winds and floods. Secondly, we know that diversity is crucial to the redwood forest; every plant, tree and even fallen logs play a vital role in the balanced ecosystem in which all living organisms thrive.We as a community intertwine our roots just as the redwoods do for strength and endurance to tackle challenging health-related issues. Together we are stronger. Additionally, each organization or agency is similar to a plant, tree, or fallen log in the forest in that we each fill a specific role,  working together as a community we represent the diversity needed for success.

Teresa Anderson, MSN APRN-CNS, BC

Health Director

2016 Central District Comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment