The paper by Carlton and Singh in the March 2015 issue of Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research represents an effort to show that, at least indirectly, hospitals and health departments in some communities apparently are in partnership, at least in the health department’s judgment: That is, the health department listed hospitals as a partner in the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) survey of local health departments. They also delineate the factors that appear to influence the completion of a community health assessment (CHA), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and strategic planning in those communities with and without a reported partnership with a hospital.
Scutchfield FD, Hicks KR. Health department–hospital collaboration on community health assessments. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res 2015; 4(1):33–6. DOI: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0401.06.