The health of a community is not just the absence of illness or disease. Rather, the health of a community involves all aspects of life, including economic, recreational, environmental, cultural and spiritual aspects. In order to make sound decisions about what is needed for a healthy community, there must be an understanding and a systematic examination of the current health status. Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD), the public health department for Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge, is initiating a community health assessment (CHA) for the district. This will be the first time a formal initiative has been undertaken. QVHD will be forming a coalition of community partners to look at health indicators for the district in order to identify strengths and weaknesses of the community and subsequently adopt strategies to address community health needs. A CHA will lead to a Community Health Improvement Plan. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve the health of district residents. Visit the QVHD website, www.qvhd.org, for more information and to learn how you can be part of this exciting project and have your voice heard.