As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), charitable hospitals must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years. This ACA requirement is important because it mandates that hospitals (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.
We see our CHNAs and forthcoming Community Health Improvement Plans as more than ACA requirements, but rather as our commitment to work with community residents and organizations as resilient partners, working to fight against injustices which threaten the overall wellbeing of those we serve. The following CHNAs highlight the many challenges faced within our communities. Tackling these challenges and pursuing wellness for all is not an easy task, but our system has pursued this endeavor alongside our community partners for the past 100 years. Looking forward, we reiterate our commitment to this effort, and strive to strengthen our work to build thriving communities and individuals. We focus these assessments and our improvement plan on treating the whole person, across the whole lifespan, within whole communities. We focus on the whole because no one can reach complete wellbeing if we only treat one part.