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EPA National Community Recognition Program - Question 4

Our community’s governing body has conducted or commissioned a community assessment of older adult participation in active aging/physical programs or opportunities.


To reach your goals of increasing physical activity among older adults, it is necessary to know where you are starting from. A community assessment helps to identify the status of physical activity involvement among the older adult population and to lay the foundation for developing strategies for reaching your goals. This assessment will also be useful when evaluating the success of various efforts. Numerous measures could be used to access this information:

Getting Started

Ideally, your group will gather baseline information before taking any action steps. Make specific plans for who will gather what information from whom, and in what time-frame, before starting the analysis.

Internet Resources on Community Assessments

Minnesota Department of Health Community Health Promotion Guide
Community Assessment
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/ophp/system/planning/cha/ Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Healthy People in Healthy Communities: A Community Planning Guide Using Healthy People 2010
http://www.healthypeople.gov/Publications/HealthyCommunities2001/healthycom01hk.pdf (44 pp, 1.17MB)

New York State Department of Health
Ten Steps in Community Health Assessment Development Process
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/chac/10steps.htm Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

University of Kansas Community Toolbox
Community Assessment
http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/chapter_1003.htm Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

National Association of County & City Health Officials
MAPP Field Guide: A Strategic Approach to Community Health Improvement
http://www.uic.edu/sph/prepare/courses/ph420/resources/mappguide.pdf Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer(24 pp, 1.23MB, About PDF)

Walkable America’s Walkability Checklist
(4 pp, 196K, About PDF)

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