The American Lung Association recently published a toolkit for state and local public health professionals that includes resources related to Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). One of the resources specifically addresses how to include tobacco-related issues when determining a hospital’s needs.
Included on the toolkit website is information about:
- What a CHNA is
- Determining which hospitals in your area have conducted a CHNA, and
- Information specific to public health professionals working with hospitals on tobacco cessation.
Most importantly, learn:
- What a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is
- How to make the case for tobacco in a CHNA
…and then bring the information back to your community. Remember, just because this information is targeted to hospitals, does not mean it cannot be tailored for other communities working in tobacco cessation!