Data Collection Methods for Community Health Needs Assessment: Balancing Rigor and Community Insights

August 23, 2018
9 am PT/10 am MT/11 am CT/12 noon ET
One hour in duration
Member Price: Free

Our nation spends billions on health-related research each year and the nation’s universities are filled with experts who work hard to better understand ways to improve community health. For many community benefit professionals who make decisions about community health improvement strategies based on Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), the methods used for traditional academic research can seem out of reach, expensive, and at times, just plain scary. However, it is possible to integrate research methods into CHNA activities in ways that increase your confidence in the science behind the results while remaining committed to the art and passion that goes into community engagement. This webinar will provide an overview of some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methods used for CHNA, the pros and cons of those methods, and key considerations for designing a CHNA that diverse groups of stakeholders will find methodologically sound and community focused.


Michael Reece, PhD, MPH, Professor, School of Public Health, Indiana University
Michael Reece is a community-based participatory researcher who has worked for decades to integrate the science of research methods with his passion for community-based programs. Michael has taught many courses on community needs assessment methods and has an extensive history of working with hospitals, community-organizations, and health departments to design efficient and effective plans for understanding and responding to community health needs.

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