Community Health Improvement Planning

Health is determined by many factors. Mosaic Group begins by conducting a Comprehensive Needs Assessment to better understand the health status of the community. 

Health determinants may include socio-economic and demographic characteristics, ability to acquire and utilize health insurance, environmental factors, home conditions, dietary factors, and behavioral issues.

We work within a collective impact model that drives us to seek out and partner with a variety of groups, including: local hospitals, schools, community organizations and researchers.  Our methodology is to utilize as much quantitative and qualitative data as possible to inform the key stakeholders of the current health status of their community.  In collaboration with our client and/or partners we develop goals and recommendations for the community. With all data and input considered we develop the Community Health Improvement Plan that will guide the decision-making process and strategy implementation.

Needs Assessment:  The first step of the Community Health Improvement planning process is conducting a Comprehensive Needs Assessment.

  • Secondary data analysis from all relevant sources including city, county and/or state databases, U.S. Census or other customized estimates and a variety of other key organizations.  The secondary data analysis provides the foundation of information from which data-informed decisions can be made.
  • Primary data analysis to collect both qualitative and quantitative data including focus groups, stakeholder and community member interviews.  This data helps to paint the most accurate picture of the current health status of the community or geographical area.
  • Community asset mapping to identify strengths and gaps in available resources; this is a critical process, as availability and access to these resources directly impact health.  Examples of community assets include healthcare providers/health centers, basic needs services, community organizations, youth and senior centers, schools and food/grocery stores.   

Plan Development: Plan development typically begins with a retreat where organization members, leaders and key stakeholders are gathered to discuss the results and implications.  

  • Needs Assessment: key findings from the Needs Assessment are carefully reviewed and presented to ensure everyone involved in the planning process is data-informed.
  • Priority Areas, Goals and Strategies: Group work is facilitated to develop priority areas, action-oriented goals, and feasible strategies.  The groups will come together and discuss the work to arrive on consensus goals and strategies to move forward with.  
  • Action and Implementation Plan: Following the retreat, we work with clients to develop an implementation plan based on the identified goals and strategies.  This plan will outline and prioritize strategies under each goal with detailed action steps detailing available partners, resources and timeline.  We work with clients to develop the most effective plan of action that will optimize results and create the biggest impact. 
  • Evaluation: As a final step of the Improvement Plan process, we work with clients to identify a set of measurements, indicators and performance targets to provide us with the data necessary to evaluate program effectiveness and impact.