cover of CHA 2014 reportA community health assessment (CHA) identifies and measures the health status of the population of a given health authority. It is a dynamic, ongoing process undertaken to identify the strengths and needs of the community, to enable the community-wide establishment of health priorities and to facilitate collaborative action planning directed at improving community health status and quality of life.

The first comprehensive CHA reports were completed at the time of regionalization, in 1997 and 1998; the second comprehensive CHA reports were completed in 2004; subsequent CHA reports are submitted on a five-year cycle. The intended uses of the CHA reports include:

  • to inform the health authorities’ strategic planning process
  • to inform the health authorities’ communities and stakeholders
  • to inform evidence-informed decision-making in the health authorities
  • to inform the Manitoba Health strategic planning process
  • to inform evidence-informed decision-making in Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living

The work of the CHA in Southern Health-Santé Sud is very much an ongoing process. Although the statistics are compiled into one report, there was a lot of work that happened behind the scenes in preparation for the five-year comprehensive report. Choosing the indicators was a provincial collaboration with members of the Community Health Assessment Network (CHAN), with careful consideration to ensure that they are robust and measureable over time. While this is fourth cycle for CHA in Manitoba, it really is the first report for Southern Health-Santé Sud.


Population Statistics Report

The population data shown in the Population Statistics Report are based on records of residents  registered with Manitoba Health as of June 1st, every year and published by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. This population database is considered a reliable and accurate estimate of population sizes and is helpful for understanding trends and useful for health planning purposes. The Indigenous population has also been updated annually by Indigenous Health with the great help of Band Membership clerks.