The CHASE Unit was created to help fulfill the three core functions of public health agencies:
- policy development
One of the primary charges of the CHASE Unit is to regularly and systematically collect, assemble, analyze and make available information on the health of the community, This includes statistics on health status, community health needs and epidemiological and other studies of health problems.
Population based health is another important function of the CHASE unit specifically in the areas of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (including: Cardiovascular and Chronic Disease Prevention, Tobacco Use Prevention) and Adolescent Health. The CHASE unit also assumes the responsibility for program evaluation in these and many other areas of Public Health.