Community health needs assessment (CHNA) is a form of community-engaged health research in which universities, local governments, and their communities partner to investigate the health and wellbeing needs and priorities of populations. This paper describes a CHNA conducted by the Tasmanian University Department of Rural Health, five Tasmanian communities, and their local governments and health services. It provides insight into how universities can be partners in inclusive community engaged research and collaboration through CHNA, and outlines the key processes and methods that inform this process.
Woodroffe, J., Spencer, J., & Auckland, S. (2011). Community health needs assessment: A platform for promoting community-university partnerships and research to improve community health and wellbeing. Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement, 6(2), 57-79.