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SUHI Project: Sinai Health System Community Health Needs Assessment

 

Project:

Sinai Health System Community Health Needs Assessment

Introduction:

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, charitable hospitals in the US must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in order to maintain their status as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. This very important aspect of the ACA mandates two things: that hospitals must, 1) assess the health of the communities they serve, not just the patients who walk into their buildings, and 2) make a plan to improve community health. 

SUHI leads the effort for Sinai Health System in conducting CHNAs for the System’s three hospitals: Mount Sinai Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, and Holy Cross Hospital. 

Project Plan:

The 2016 CHNA is currently underway.

Project Updates:

The findings from the 2013 CHNAs were vast, but in general, they pointed to several critical areas of concern, as well as notable disparities. For example, mental health conditions are the second leading cause of hospitalization at Mount Sinai Hospital and have a major impact on the communities surrounding Sinai. Additional priority areas include diabetes, heart disease, obesity, sexually transmitted infections, and poor birth outcomes. Sinai and SUHI have a long history of striving to improve the health of the poor communities on the west side of Chicago. This assessment and corresponding plan of action provide an ideal blueprint from which we can continue to improve community health through changes inside and outside our hospital walls.  

Publications:

Reports for the 2016 CHNA can be found on the Sinai website at the following links: Mount Sinai Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, and Holy Cross Hospital.

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