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Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project

Project ID: 288

CIC Case Study: Promising Practices supporting Community Health Assessment

CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 08/01/13
Project LocationSanta Cruz County
Lead OrganizationApplied Survey Research
Type of Organization

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Children/Youth/Families, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Health, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Social


Project Description

Santa Cruz’s Community Assessment Project (CAP) was established 15 years ago, and has annually provided reports which look at over 120 community indicators. Each report focuses on the following areas: public safety, economy, education, health, and the natural and social environments. The data provided by the CAP project has acted like a springboard, helping to launch numerous community service initiatives.

Practices Relevant to Community Health Assessment

Promising Practices (definitions):

  • Sustainability of Process
    The collaborative community assessment partnership is a comprehensive planning process with broad stakeholder engagement, which has lead to results. It is a promising practice for the sustainability of its process and addressing the determinants of health.


Social Determinants:
Does project address Social Determinants of Health? Yes

Health Connection

Local Health Department(s) involvement? Supporting

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions:


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Susan Brutschy


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