Summarizing and Reporting Information

Your committee has gathered and analyzed community health data and other community health information. The worksheets in this section prepare you for the next step – prioritizing health concerns, and the materials guide you in reporting your community health assessment process and outcomes.


Community Health Concerns and Strengths. Use this worksheet to compile all the community health concerns and community assets identified from analyzing the community data, community opinions, and community resources and environment. A process to prioritize the list of health concerns is outlined in the next chapter.


Community Assessment Results. The information in this piece provides guidance on writing a community assessment report. You will also find tips on what to report to different audiences. For example, a summary of the community assessment included in a grant application will be different than a report you prepare for the local county commissioners.


  Community Health Concerns and Strengths–worksheet : Make a master list of the community health concerns and assets

Community Assessment Results–guidance : Guidance on what to include in a community assessment report for different audiences




People work together in a number of ways, in coalitions, partnerships, committees, teams, task forces, and so on. The tools in Moving to the Future will help you no matter how your group is structured. To make Moving to the Future friendly to people working together in different ways, we use these group terms interchangeably. So, if you are working in a formal committee and Moving to the Future uses the word team, the information applies to you as well.


In Moving to the Future, the word program is defined broadly and could encompass any group of activities including projects, services, programs, and policy or environmental changes.

Nutrition and Physical Activity

In Moving to the Future, we often pair the wordnutrition with the phrase physical activity, as for example in “address the nutrition and physical activity needs” or “develop a nutrition and physical activity plan.” This does not suggest that these materials are only useful to people working on community-based nutrition AND physical activity programs. You can use the Moving to the Future resources to develop a plan focused only on nutrition or a plan focused only on physical activity. Moving to the Future provides guidance on a process–not on content. In fact, these materials could be adapted and used to develop a teen pregnancy prevention plan, for example, or a plan for any other community health priority.

Be Flexible & Realistic

Moving to the Future principles Flexible and Realistic are the bywords of this approach. The intent of Moving to the Future is to provide guidance. Use what is helpful and modify materials to meet your needs. Planning and implementing community-based programs is not work that can be done perfectly. Do the best you can, given your real-world limitations, and commit to making improvements every year.