As part of the Affordable Care Act, all non-profit hospitals must file a community health needs assessment (CHNA) with the IRS every three years to determine how best to allocate community benefit dollars and meet the needs of the communities they serve. Rather than producing separate, disjointed reports, 20 local hospitals joined The Health Collaborative, Hamilton County Public Health, and the City of Cincinnati Health Department to identify the region’s most pressing health needs.

Medically underserved people from each community, as well as the community organizations who serve them, were invited to participate in the discussions, helping to identify barriers to good health and potential resources in their communities. State and county-level data were combined with these on-the-ground perspectives to develop a single, cohesive report across the entire 23-county region. This coordinated approach to the CHNA provided efficient collection of county level health data, and also served to provide common ground as hospitals and health departments consider the needs of their respective communities.

Consistent Consumer Focus

Consultant Gwen Finegan had a major role in the report’s development. “What sets this CHNA apart is that our data was obtained not just from agencies and health departments, but also from health care consumers,” she says. “Everyone had the same set of questions, delivered through an interactive process. We wanted to get a snapshot of the biggest concerns from each of the different communities.” Data was collected by a team from Xavier University, and a Community Needs Index was created based on socio-economic factors according to zip code.

“There are many benefits for our hospital members who share in the CHNA,” says Dora Anim, outgoing Senior Vice President, Programs and Services at The Health Collaborative. “They have access to the information they need while saving time, money, and resources. Hospitals and health systems can learn from each other and see what’s happening in other counties.” The assessment lets members realize differences as well as commonalities among responses, allowing a more strategic approach to healthcare in their own communities. And by placing the necessary data at their fingertips, other tasks such as grant writing become considerably easier.

Mary Ahlers, Clinical Coordinator of Air Care & Mobile Care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, has plenty of experience with healthcare reporting. “The Community Health Needs Assessment is a significant accomplishment for The Health Collaborative and our community,” she says. “This was a complex project requiring significant time, planning, organization and data collection. The team’s diligence and dedication has resulted in one of the most professional CHNA reports in the country.”

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  • Obesity
  • Access to care
  • Substance abuse
  • Behavioral health
  • Tobacco

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  • Adams County Regional Medical Center
  • The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Dearborn County Hospital
  • Lindner Center of Hope
  • Margaret Mary Health
  • McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
  • Mercy Health
  • Premier Health: Atrium Medical Center
  • TriHealth
  • UC Health

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  • Dora Anim, MPA, Senior Vice President, Programs and Services, The Health Collaborative
  • Gwen Finegan, Owner, Gwen Finegan Consulting
  • Edmond A. Hooker, MD, DrPH, Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, Xavier University
  • James Horne, Graduate Student, Xavier University
  • Zachary Oglesby, Graduate Student, Xavier University