catalyzing sustainable health improvement

community health needs assessment

More than 10,000 residents took part through community surveys, focus groups, and interviews, sharing feedback on topics such as behavioral and medical health, education, social determinants of health, and much more.  This feedback gives us a deeper understanding of local conditions – community needs and assets – which spurs more targeted, effective community-change work.

CHNA timeline

  • identify health needs
  • engage community partners
  • formulate strategies
  • mobilize for action
  • monitor progress
  • - identify health needs


    2021 CHNA top health needs identified:

        • access to care (behavioral health, heart disease, dental, vision)
        • access to resources for food and housing
        • workforce pipeline and diversity
  • - engage community partners


    Partnerships among healthcare organizations, communities and non-profits begin to take shape as the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) begins. Partners include people from schools, public health and social service agencies, hospitals, and many other community-level organizations.

    Using the CHNA data, the CHIP guides community stakeholders and partners on efforts to improve the health of residents by focusing on the top priorities.

  • - formulate strategies


    Implementing a collective impact approach, these cross-sector workgroups have now convened over several weeks to build the CHIP roadmap with The Health Collaborative serving as the backbone organization.

    For each identified priority, workgroups develop goals through targeted strategies to help the region achieve its vision. See below for full CHIP document as well as the top three priorities for the region.

  • - mobilize for action

    Now that the CHIP process is complete, it’s time to put it to action! Communities now have a health improvement plan in place, and resources to track and measure progress.

    Individuals and organizations participating in this plan have made an admirable commitment to address the top health needs in our region.

  • - monitor progress

    Progress made for implementing strategies is reported by participating organizations. The plan is revised as needed to achieve desired outcomes.

Next Steps:

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

The CHIP provides an actionable roadmap of evidence-based strategies to address the top health needs and priorities as identified in the CHNA, and can be implemented by hospitals, local health departments, community health centers, community based organizations, and additional sectors in our community.

The 2022-2024 CHIP aligns with state and national priorities to achieve a shared vision of improved health for the region. Led by Cohear, and using the Targeted Universalism Framework, targeted strategies are being developed by a group of collaborative stakeholders to achieve universal regional health goals.

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Lauren Bartoszek at

About CHNA

Every three years, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted to better understand the specific health needs of the communities we serve, and then develop meaningful, measurable responses. The CHNA identifies:

  • top health conditions in our community
  • the root causes of unmet community health needs
  • barriers to healthcare services


This collaboration was facilitated by The Health Collaborative (THC), in partnership with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) and consultant Measurement Resources Company,  and includes participation from 36 hospitals and 22 health departments across Greater Cincinnati, Greater Dayton Area, southeast Indiana, and northern Kentucky. The success of this CHNA is a result of  of a shared commitment to better health outcomes, and a strategic alliance of partners that includes THC, GDAHA, CHNA Advisory Committee, community champions and partners.

Data collected from this assessment is used to support and/or expand existing health initiatives.  And by engaging the community in the process, there is a greater chance that the CHNA will achieve its desired goal of building a healthier community.