Because the health needs of a community change over time.

Every three years, Transylvania Public Health works with partners throughout the county to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA). This process includes collecting information about current issues that affect health throughout the county from various published data sources as well as interviews with county residents and key community leaders. Then we work with the community to select the county’s top health priorities where we will focus improvement efforts during the next three years.

The final phase of the CHA process is developing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to identify measures, determine what actions we will undertake to improve that outcome. In western North Carolina, most counties publish their CHIP using an electronic scorecard, known as an “e-CHIP”.

During the second and third years of the process, we produce a State of the County Health (SOTCH) report, which details the progress made in the past year on implementing the CHIP action plans and improving our priority health outcomes.

Transylvania County’s CHIP and SOTCH updates are available using the web-based Scorecard platform, embedded below.

To learn more about the CHA/CHIP/SOTCH process, contact our health educator at 828.884.1730.