Shannan Schmitt
Director of Communications
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Release Date: February 15, 2016

Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment reveals region’s top health needs
Assessment identified obesity, access to care, substance abuse, behavioral health, diabetes, and tobacco use as key priority areas

More than 600 healthcare consumers and nonprofit agencies across 23 counties in Greater Cincinnati have identified obesity, access to care, substance abuse, behavioral health, and tobacco use as the region’s top health priorities for 2016.

The identified priorities are the result of the region’s collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), in which The Health Collaborative, Hamilton County Public Health and City of Cincinnati Health Department joined together with twenty local hospitals to identify the community’s most pressing health needs.

This group invited people from the community who are medically underserved, as well as community organizations who serve these populations, to attend meetings and complete surveys to identify barriers to good health and potential resources in the community to leverage toward improvement.

The Health Collaborative produced the data collection portion of the CHNA, organizing data from a structured survey, the input from the non-profit agencies, and findings from health department interviews and surveys. Additionally, The Health Collaborative worked with Xavier University health administration graduate students to produce an analysis of available secondary data at the state and county levels.

Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative, says that this regional approach to the CHNA provided efficient collection of county level health data, from which to prioritize, but also serves to provide common ground as hospitals and health departments consider how to meet the needs of the communities they serve. The next step is for the hospitals and health departments to develop plans to address the CHNA findings.

The CHNA findings are aligned with Collective Impact on Health, a community-wide effort to develop a common agenda for healthy people, better care and smarter health spending. The research and predictive modeling used in that process also identified access to care, obesity and behavioral health as high priority health issues.

“Working together, we are able to bring the right partners to the table to produce one, cohesive community report that builds on shared data on our most pressing problems,” said Brammer. “This process lays the foundation for The Health Collaborative and its partners to catalyze community will around a unified plan to address these issues. This would not be possible if each organization was faced with conducting the assessment independently.”

Other key findings from the Needs Assessment:

  • For every 8-9 adults in the MSA, one adult had diabetes
  • Smoking rates were particularly high in Indiana and Kentucky counties
  • Other health issues where local counties exceeded national averages include:
    • Drug poisoning deaths (16 counties)
    • Heroin overdose deaths (12 counties)
    • Injury deaths (10 counties)
    • Lung cancer mortality (9 counties)
    • Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD) deaths (7 counties)
    • Diabetes (7 counties)
    • Mammography screening (6 counties)

2016 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Needs Assessment participants:


Adams County Hospital
The Christ Hospital Health Network
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Dearborn County Hospital
Lindner Center of Hope
Margaret Mary Health
Mercy Health
Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital
Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital
Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital
The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Mercy Health – West Hospital
McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth
Premier Health: Atrium Medical Center
Bethesda North Hospital
Bethesda Butler Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
TriHealth Evendale Hospital
Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
West Chester Hospital


City of Cincinnati Health Department
Hamilton County Health Department
Interact for Health
Xavier University / Department of Health Services Administration

About the Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of health care and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about the Health Collaborative, visit