CHNA Approach

The University of Chicago is implementing its next Campus Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) cycle to identify key health needs and issues of our campus community.

In order for this process to be as comprehensive and collaborative as possible, input and participation is needed from diverse departments and individuals who work, learn and live within the campus community. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate.

Benefits of this process include the ability to:

  • Create a healthier campus and better quality of life
  • Increase knowledge of issues impacting our campus community
  • Anticipate and manage change more effectively
  • Create a stronger, collaborative infrastructure to support our campus community
  • Engage the campus and create campus ownership around the prioritized issues


To achieve a thriving, healthy campus community that values the health and well-being of our students and supports them in their pursuit of academic excellence and lifelong positive impact.
(This vision was created during the 2018 cycle and may be updated this cycle.)


  • Innovation: pioneer a new process to identify the needs of UChicago students and work collaboratively to address those needs
  • Inclusion: respect and value diverse life experiences and support a climate that celebrates each student’s success
  • Collaboration: work together to support the well-being of our campus community and identify assets and opportunities for growth around student success
  • Integrity: hold ourselves to the highest standards to support the well-being of the campus community
  • Accountability: commit to the success and well-being of our campus community by involving campus-wide support
  • (These values were created during the 2018 cycle and may be updated this cycle.)

The UChicago CHNA is guided by an overarching public health framework, is led by diverse participation of campus partners,
and utilizes a mixed-methods approach. See below for additional information on each of these areas.

CHNA Framework

UChicago’s CHNA uses the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework to conduct the assessment.

CHNA Participation

The CHNA is governed by the CHNA Steering Committee, which gives direction to the entire assessment process and makes recommendations to the assessment committees on how to implement each assessment.


UChicago will use photovoice as a method of obtaining feedback from students for the Campus Themes and Strengths Assessment.