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:
- 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