Community Needs Assessment
Assessing community needs is part of the ongoing process of program planning in many types of health, education and social service agencies. For several decades, public health professionals have conducted needs assessments to facilitate the design, implementation and evaluation of a variety of disease prevention and health promotion programs. This course provides students with the opportunity to focus their thinking on why and how to conduct needs assessments. Basic concepts and practice methods are reviewed. The course is based on selected professional publications and the experiences of the instructor.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Define community needs assessment
- Discuss the rationale for conducting a needs assessment
- Outline the steps in assessing community needs
- Discuss basic needs assessment data considerations
- Discuss how needs assessment findings impact priority setting and decision making
- Explain leadership issues associated with needs assessment activities
- Describe activities relating to four information collection approaches
Tom Struzick, MSW/ACSW, LCSW, MEd
School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham
- 4.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 4.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Community Needs Assessment
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