Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 8.00.41 AMTwenty Greater Cincinnati hospitals joined together with local and county health departments this past summer to research and identify the community’s most pressing health needs.
The work began with the collection and compilation of public health data, and included original qualitative research gathered from meetings with key stakeholders and ordinary health care consumers in the communities which the hospitals serve. With the completion of the data and community input phase, each hospital is priortizing the needs identified by their specific community and completing an action report outlining how they will address them.
All nonprofit hospitals are required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years. Hospitals in our region have elected to collectively complete the research and community input phases so that they can work from a common base of knowledge as they develop their plans to improve community health.
The Health Collaborative produced the data collection portion of the CHNA. The Health Collaborative was a natural choice due to its experience with health data and community collaboration. The work is also designed to coordinate with The Health Collaborative’s Collective Impact on Health initiative. This effort, now in its second year, is developing a community-wide health improvement strategy that includes sectors outside of traditional health care providers.
“By working together we are able to bring the right partners to the table to produce one, cohesive community report,” says Dora Anim, Senior Vice President, Programs and Services at The Health Collaborative. “In doing so, we’re helping the hospitals meet key requirements and save significant costs associated with conducting the report independently.”
As part of the data collection and analysis phase, The Health Collaborative designed and has conducted primary research via interviews with 30 local and county public health commissioners using a standardized set of questions to identify critical health needs across the community. Additionally, public meetings were held in 8-10 counties with representatives from community organizations and members of medically under-served minority populations to identify barriers to good health and potential resources in the community to leverage toward improvement.
The second phase of the assessment currently in progress includes a written report produced by The Health Collaborative. Features of the report include:

  • Summary of feedback contributed at public meetings
  • County profiles for each county in the service area
  • Regional analysis of significant health needs priorities
  • List of community resources contributed by local health departments and attendees at public meetings

The Health Collaborative is also compiling data on the goals identified in the 2015 CHNA for hospitals to utilize in creating their implementation plan for the following years. For more information, please contact Dora Anim at

2016 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Needs Assessment participants:


Adams County Hospital
Atrium Medical Center
The Christ Hospital Health Network
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Dearborn County Hospital
Linder 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
Bethesda North Hospital
Bethesda Butler Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
TriHealth Evendale Hospital
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
West Chester Hospital
Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care


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