Christa Hyson, MPH
Senior Manager, External Relations
The Health Collaborative
(513) 247-5254

Sarah Hackenbracht
Interim President & CEO
(216) 903-2069                                                                                     

Assessment identified substance abuse, mental health, access to care, chronic disease and healthy behaviors as key priority areas

CINCINNATI – More than 1,400 healthcare consumers, countless organizations and non-profits across 25 counties in the Greater Cincinnati/ Dayton area have identified substance abuse, mental health, access to care, chronic disease and healthy behaviors as priority areas for 2019.

For the third time, the identified priorities are the result of the region’s collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Hospital members of The Health Collaborative and Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) joined the collaboration, and the result is a robust portrait of the larger Southwest Ohio region. The report covers Greater Dayton and Greater Cincinnati, which includes Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The collaborative report serves 35 hospitals, 25 counties, 28 local health departments and 3 states.

Greater Cincinnati/ Dayton have exceptional healthcare resources. Even with these resources, our region is in a critical situation when it comes to the health of our communities; outcomes continue to tell a story of inequity, ranking among the worst in the nation. Reports like this provide a thorough picture of health needs locally and regionally, and aids communities in planning for future health programs and policies.

The CHNA team expanded the robust nature of data collection for this year’s CHNA by researching more secondary data measures than previous reports, such as hospital utilization data, as well as by oversampling vulnerable populations and engaging more participants. From the local health departments helping promote and conduct meetings, there was a large increase of participation.

The top five priorities reflect the top average rankings from all participants in the meetings and surveys. Data was collected from April through July of 2018. This data shows agreement at all levels and reflects the similar concerns across the counties and regions. In which reinforces the value of the collaborative approach to the CHNA.

“GDAHA will continue its long-held tradition of collaboration by building upon the work of the community health needs assessment and seeking new partnerships in 2019,” said Sarah Hackenbracht, Interim President & CEO. “Strengthening the research of the CHNA through action requires the partnership of hospitals and health systems, local public health departments, nonprofits, the local business community, and our community members. Together, we’ll seek impactful solutions to the Dayton region’s most pressing health needs.”

“One of our goals with the CHNA is to continually improve our data collection process to involve as many voices as possible. This cycle increased community participation by over 200% – for 2021 we hope to continue gathering valuable community input,” said Angelica Hardee, PhD, Senior Manager, Gen-H, CHNA Team Lead. “While the over 1,400 individuals and agencies involved in this process provided essential information for the CHNA, our vision is to see a comprehensive snapshot of our region’s health needs and work together to improve the health of our community.” The CHNA is conducted every three years to continually identify emerging needs and take the pulse of our region’s health.

Click here to read the CHNA Executive Summary.
Click here to read the complete 2019 CHNA.
Click here for the CHNA Microsite. 



About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that leads data-driven improvements that result in healthier people, better care and lower costs. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit

About the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association:
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) is a member-service organization representing 29 hospitals and health systems in the Dayton region.  GDAHA collaborates with its members to improve the delivery of healthcare services in Auglaize, Butler, Darke, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren Counties in West Central Ohio.