What is a Needs Assessment?
A Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (CCNA) is a disciplined approach to collecting, analyzing and using local data to identify existing barriers to the health and well-being of the residents in a given community. The CCNA identifies the problems, and its results aid in the development of targeted action plans. Additionally, suggestions are made regarding placement of resources, with the intention of directing them where they are most needed and can be most effective.
Because of the increasing complexity of community conditions and programs, relying on impressions, opinions and anecdotes is no longer sufficient in order to determine if the status of identified needs is improving or becoming worse. By adopting a data-driven method, we are much better able to accurately determine if we are making real progress in the areas that are identified as having the greatest need.
This report provides detailed data regarding Laramie County’s current statistics and reveals a number of health and well-being priorities for Laramie County, including:
- Healthy People
- Healthy Behaviors
- Accessible Care
- Strong Families
- Supportive Physical Environment
- Healthy Children
With the continued commitment of partner organizations to improve the health status of our community, we will continue to utilize community needs assessments to identify the most pressing needs in the community and to improve the well-being of residents in Laramie County—where we live, learn, work and play.
As you read through the information in this assessment, please take some time to consider the following questions:
“Are these trends okay with me? If not, what do I want to see changed?”
“How can I get involved to help improve the health of my community?”