Community Health Needs Assessments

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Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) are part strategic plan and part grounding rod. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) requires tax-exempt hospitals to create a hospital community health needs assessment every three years. This hospital CHNA is developed alongside community stakeholders. The community health needs assessment requirements include:


Demographic Assessment identifying the community the hospital serves
  • A community health needs assessment survey of perceived healthcare issues
  • Quantitative analysis of actual health care issues
  • Appraisal of current efforts to address the healthcare issues
  • Formulate a 3-year plan - the community comes together to address those remaining issues collectively, ultimately working towards growing a healthier community

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BroadStreet Reports
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CARES Engagement Network
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