Leveraging Community Assessments for Collaborative Planning and Results – archived webinar

Originally presented on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Click Here to View a Recording of the Webinar

Presentation Slides in PDF



Local health departments, non-profit hospitals and many other organizations and coalitions are required to conduct comprehensive community health assessments and develop responsive implementation plans to improve areas of need and priority. With limited resources and increased understanding regarding the potential strength of collaboration, organizations are looking for opportunities to successfully collaborate to create lasting positive changes in communities.

During this Webinar, participants will hear about requirements for hospitals to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments and how one hospital system has used the County Health Rankings model as part of their assessment process. The County Health Rankings will be released for 2011 on April 3, 2012 by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The rankings serve as a call to action and opportunity to engage in collaborative discussions, planning and action with various entities vested in the health of a community. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about the Community Health Living Index (CHLI) tools and how the tools can be used collaboratively within a community to “discover strengths, identify needs, plan for action and, ultimately, build healthier communities.” The presenters will share examples of how communities have successfully collaborated to influence policy and systems change.



As a result of participating in this Webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Identify meaningful ways for hospitals, local health departments and communities to collaborate in community health planning and implementation.
2. Understand the challenges and opportunities for col­laboration presented by the Affordable Care Act’s definition of Community Benefits and IRS requirements.
3. Describe how the County Health Rankings can inform a community health assessment (CHA) or community health needs assessment (CHNA).
4. Define the Community Health Living Index (CHLI).
5. Describe how CHLI can be used to assess a community’s support for healthy living and to develop an action plan.
6. Share examples regarding how community health planning can be used to influence policies and systems.


Target Audience

This webinar is intended for public health practitioners, hospital staff involved in Community Benefits programs, and members of local coalitions collaborating with partners to assess and improve their communities.



Vondie Woodbury

Vondie Woodbury is Director of Community Benefit for Trinity Health System. She is also Director of Community Benefit for Mercy Health Partners (Muskegon, MI) and, Executive Director of the Muskegon Community Health Project. One of the oldest community health networks in the nation, MCHP has been recognized for community innovation by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Prior to MCHP, Vondie served for 14 years on the staff of U.S. Senator, Donald Riegle as Director of Michigan Operations. She is a founding member and immediate past Board Chair of Communities Joined in Action. She recently received CJA’s Mary Lou Andersen Lifetime Achievement Award which recognized her work in local community health improvement. A graduate of Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, Vondie lives in North Muskegon, Michigan.

Ann W. Marchetti, MS

For the past eighteen years, Ann Marchetti has held leadership roles in several successful nonprofit agencies towards a singular goal– to improve the health and well being of children, youth and families. Drawing upon her unique combination of public policy, business and creative skills, Ann has assisted these nonprofits in optimizing their business models to build organizational capacity and develop sustainable programs. Ann was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth by the National Child Labor Committee. This body remarked, “Ann has been at the forefront of action and has been the voice to improve the health, education, well-being and futures of millions of children.”

Most recently, Ann served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the Cambridge, MA based National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), which specializes in improving the quality of care for children. Since 2005, Ann provided leadership in building the organization’s marketing, finance, human resources and board governance capacity. Prior to joining NICHQ, Ann served as Program Director for the Southern Institute on Children and Families (SICF), based in Columbia, SC. There she also served as the Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Covering Kids/Covering Kids and Families National Initiative. Immediately prior, she was Associate Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (IMCHC). Ann earned her MS degree from Radford University.
Ann founded AW Marchetti Consulting in 2008. Her firm is dedicated to empowering a new generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector to develop effective systems for capacity development and program delivery. Clients to date include Covering Kids and Families Indiana, Indianapolis, IN; DuPage County Health Department, Wheaton, IL; Health Choice Network, Doral, FL; Health Management Associates, Lansing, MI; Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, Chicago, IL; Omni Youth Services, Buffalo Grove, IL; ShoreBank, Chicago, IL. Ann brings infectious energy and determination to her work, developing creative and sustainable solutions for today’s complex social and business environment.


This webinar is being offered in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, and the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators. Additional support was provided by the County Health Rankings and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.