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SUHI Project: Sinai Health System Community Health Needs Assessment



Sinai Health System Community Health Needs Assessment


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, and Holy Cross Hospital. 

Project Plan:

SUHI completed CHNAs for Sinai's hospitals in 2013, 2016, and 2019.

Project Updates:

Based on findings from the 2019 hospital CHNAs, Sinai will focus its community health efforts in five key areas over the next three years. First and foremost, Sinai will leverage community and professional partnerships to collaboratively address the social determinants of health, such as financial security and economic opportunity, healthy food access and affordability, and freedom from injustice. Second and related to the first aim, Sinai will seek out multi-sector solutions that create safe communities, free from violence, and also address the trauma caused by past violence. Third, Sinai will ensure that quality, age- and ability-appropriate health care is accessible to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code, income, involvement with the justice system, gender identity, sexual orientation, or citizenship status. Fourth, Sinai will work to prevent the onset of infectious and chronic disease, and provide excellence in care when community members fall ill. Fifth, Sinai will treat the whole person by focusing on mental health and substance use disorders, providing timely and culturally sensitive care to those in need.


CHNA reports for 2016 and 2019 can be found on the Sinai Health System website.