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Preventing Chronic Disease | State Practitioner Insights Into Local Public Health Challenges and Opportunities in Obesity Prevention: a Qualitative Study - CDC

CDC  capacity  Preventing Chronic Disease  PCD  local health department  Obesity Prevention  Community health assessment  dissemination and implementation  facilitators  barriers  siloes  and community health improvement plan 

The extent of obesity prevention activities conducted by local health departments (LHDs) varies widely. The purpose of this qualitative study was to characterize how state obesity prevention program directors perceived the role of LHDs in obesity prevention and factors that impact LHDs’ success in obesity prevention.

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Preventing Chronic Disease | The Tennessee Department of Health WORKshops on Use of Secondary Data for Community Health Assessment, 2012 - CDC

health  disease  chronic  assessment  community  tennessee  CDC  data  department  workshops  performance improvement  Preventing Chronic Disease  PCD  Community health assessment  assessment of healthcare needs  health information management 

Community health assessment is a core function of public health departments, a standard for accreditation of public health departments, and a core competency for public health professionals. The Tennessee Department of Health developed a statewide initiative to improve the processes for engaging county health departments in assessing their community’s health status through the collection and analysis of secondary data. One aim of the Tennessee Department of Health was to position county public health departments as trusted leaders in providing population data and engaging community stakeholders in assessments.

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