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Assessment in Public Health

State by State

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In 1992, CDC began the Assessment Initiative by funding seven states for a five-year period. In September 2002, seven states received funds from CDC to assist them in enhancing assessment capacity. These seven states comprised the third installment of the Assessment Initiative.

Each cooperative agreement focuses on one of these areas:

  • Community health assessment practices
  • Data dissemination system

Community Health Assessment Practices  


Data Dissemination System

New Mexico 

Community Health Assessment Practices  

New York

Community Health Assessment Practices 

Rhode Island

Data Dissemination System 

Utah Data Dissemination System
Washington Community Health Assessment Practices 


In September 1997, six states received funds from CDC in the second funding cycle to assist them in enhancing assessment capacity,

  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Kansas*

Assessment Initiative projects funded from 1992-1996 were administered through the CDC National Center for Health Statistics. States funded were:

  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Kansas*

Each state had an advisory group or steering committee with representatives from the state health department and from local health departments.

Common initial activities for the eight states included an inventory of health-related data systems and an evaluation of these systems based on the CDC Guidelines for Evaluating Surveillance Systems.

During the initial 5-year period, CDC programs conducted a number of developmental and capacity-building activities with funding from the Assessment Initiative, including:

Representatives from participating CDC programs formed a working group to oversee Assessment Initiative activities.

* Kansas participated in the Assessment Initiative without direct CDC funding.



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