Shared Community Health Needs Assessments

Learning what communities need for better health.

young-man_standing_insetSince 2012, the Partnership’s health system members have committed to share funding and design of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) in six southeastern Wisconsin counties.  The CHNAs serve as the foundation from which hospitals and local health departments develop their respective community health improvement strategies. The findings are also intended to inform a broader audience about the top health issues facing their communities.


This Milwaukee County CHNA is comprised of three sources of information:

  • Milwaukee County Community Health Survey — A 14 minute, phone based survey of 1,312 Milwaukee County residents that addresses adult and child health risk factors, health behaviors and perceptions of pressing community health needs. Conducted in the region since 2003, it is based on the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, that includes questions related to health care access, routine screenings, immunizations, injury prevention, communicable diseases, mental health, chronic disease, women’s health, tobacco and alcohol use, diet, physical activity, and other health behaviors.
  • Key Informant Report— A summary of discussions with 80 individuals representing 40 civic and health leaders, and 4 focus groups to identify community health issues, contributing social factors and organizations best suited to address those issues.
  • Health Compass Milwaukee — A dynamic website providing the most current health indicators for Milwaukee County with mapping, reporting and analytic tools to support research and planning for community health improvement.