Health Assessments & Studies

Assessment & Planning Methodologies

The Health Planning Council’s health needs assessment philosophy is grounded in behavior health theory and based on conducting assessments with communities and not on or to communities. Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach to assessing the health needs and status of a community, we use models that are flexible, culturally sensitive, and community-driven, such as Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), World Café, Health Impact Assessment (HIA), Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH), Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), and Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).


Our Core Values guide our community-based methodologies when planning, coordinating, and facilitating community assessments. Prosperous communities purposefully engage, listen, and execute recommendations that improve everyone’s quality of a healthy life. The Health Planning Council believes in assessing how health issues are impacted by biological, behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of health. Our community needs assessment approach strengthens community involvement in decision making, improves collaboration and working partnerships, improves communication with the public, and advocates for better use of resources.

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Completed Assessments, Plans, and Studies

In an effort to make community level assessment and studies available to the community, the following documents are non-proprietary health assessments and studies conducted by either the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida or other organizations. If you’d like us to add other community assessment reports to our site, email us at

The opinions, accuracy, and completeness expressed in the assessments, reports, studies conducted by parties other than the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida.


Health Planning Council Presentations