Healthcare providers are faced with rising demands of healthcare, limited resources and increasing inequalities in health. At the same time, consumers face rising healthcare costs and limited access to healthcare providers, in certain regions of the country. Over the past 30 years expenditure on healthcare has risen much faster than the cost increases reported in other sectors of the economy. As one of the largest sectors in most developed countries it is critical for the healthcare industry to improve access, affordability, and improve the quality of health of the community.
Community health needs assessment (CHNA) is a valuable tool that healthcare providers can utilize to gain an in-depth understanding of the community’s health problems and the underlining behaviors that are affecting unhealthy behaviors. CHNA is an inexpensive tool that healthcare providers leverage in order to effectively utilize the limited health resources in order to improve the quality of health in the community.
Even though non-profit hospitals are required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to conduct a CHNA every three years, the CHNA can uncover startling results about your community. It is imperative that your facility take the appropriate action to improve the community’s health.