This book examines the evolving health care delivery systems and the role of nursing within the rural context. Divided into three parts including perspectives from experts in Australia and Canada, the book covers the foundations of rural nursing, special populations, and future perspectives. Students of nursing will find special features in each chapter such as a list of objectives, key terms, points to remember, suggested research activities, and discussion questions.

The Community Health Assessment (CHA) Process: Building Partnerships

The community health assessment (CHA) process: Building partnerships

Key Terms

  • Community-provider partnerships
  • Community health assessment (CHA) process
  • Team
  • Facilitator
  • Stakeholder
  • Key informant
  • Process (formative) evaluation
  • Outcome (summative) evaluation
  • Primary data sources
  • Secondary data sources


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Characterize provider-community partnership models.
  • Analyze the role partnerships can play in providing appropriate health care services in rural and underserved communities.
  • Compare and contrast the community health assessment (CHA) process with traditional community assessments.
  • Examine the roles of the CHA process team and its facilitator in developing a competent community.

Essential Points to Remember

  • Partnering is an active process that is informed and flexible and that involves negotiated distribution (redistribution) of power among the partners. Negotiations
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