Original ArticleThe Process To Develop a Meaningful Community Health Assessment in New York StateByrne, Colene MA; Crucetti, James B. MD, MPH; Medvesky, Michael G. MPH; Miller, Marie D. MS; Pirani, Sylvia J. MPH, MS; Irani, Priti R. MSAuthor Information Project Director for the New York State Department of Health's Assessment Initiative, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time this article was written and accepted. (Byrne) Commissioner, Albany County Department of Health. (Crucetti) Director, Public Health Information Group, and Principal Investigator for the Assessment Initiative, New York State Department of Health. (Medvesky) Director, Article 6 Program, New York State Department of Health. (Miller) Director, Local Health Services, and Principal Investigator for Turning Point, New York State Department of Health. (Pirani) Community Health Information Specialist, Assessment Initiative, New York State Department of Health. (Irani) The authors wish to thank staff of local health departments in New York State that provided valuable feedback about the Public Health Agenda Project and input on their community health assessments: processes, resources, barriers, and New York's new assessment guidance. We also wish to thank the local health department staff and representatives who reviewed and commented on this article. The authors would also like to acknowledge the assistance and resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Assessment Initiative. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July 2002 - Volume 8 - Issue 4 - p 45-53 Buy Abstract Conducting and producing a meaningful Community Health Assessment (CHA) is an important and essential public health service and a mandatory biennial activity for New York State's (NYS) Local Health Departments. The Assessment Initiative project has allowed the NYS Department of Health to better understand and identify strategies to strengthen CHAs and to develop training, education, and technical assistance programs. The Assessment Initiative project has benefited from participation, coordination, and sharing of resources and expertise with other community health improvement initiatives in NYS, including those that emphasize collaborative approaches to health improvement, workforce development, and expanding access to data. © Aspen Publishers, Inc.