A foundation for prioritizing and planning local health care services and programs.
The triennial community health needs assessment (CHNA) is both a process and a document that investigates and describes the current health status of the local community, what has changed since the last assessment, and what needs to change to improve the health of the community. The process involves collection and analysis of a large range of data, including demographic, socioeconomic and health statistics, as well as feedback from community members. The document is a summary of all available evidence and serves as a resource until the next assessment. The completed CHNA serves as the basis for prioritizing the community’s health needs and culminates in planning to meet those needs. The CHNA is a requirement for charitable or not-for-profit hospitals under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and Internal Revenue Service.
The implementation strategy identifies the community’s health priorities, based on the CHNA results. Following identification of health priorities, the implementation strategy outlines key strategies and actions the hospital will implement over the next three years to improve each of the identified community health priorities.