CHNA scoping refers to front-end strategic thinking that is vitally important for designing a CHNA strategy that will spark collaborative action for health improvement while advancing the missions of the collaborating organizations. We support strategic scoping by listening carefully to the strategic objectives of the organizations involved in the CHNA process. Key questions that can help clarify strategic objectives include:
- Why are we conducting (or supporting) a CHNA process?
- How are we defining the scope of the CHNA in terms of geography, populations, and topics?
- How do we envision using the CHNA results?
- Who should collaborate in developing the CHNA study, and how might they be engaged?
- Who should collaborate in developing CHNA action plans, and how might they be engaged?
- How should the CHNA process support our strategic mission and goals for community health improvement?
We listen carefully to the answers to these and related questions, and use this information to help design a responsive CHNA process including the CHNA study and action planning.