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Community Health Needs Assessment

For hospitals, the question arises every three years: How can we conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment that delivers more insight for better population health with less burden? Allocating appropriate resources and finding the bandwidth and expertise to execute a fully compliant CHNA is a challenge — particularly for first-time submissions or during strategic transitions.

As hospitals prepare for their next CHNA, the following information can guide strategies to maximize assessment tools, metrics and analyses — all for better interventions and outcomes.

Simplify a complex process without burdening staff.

It’s difficult for hospitals to achieve efficiencies of scale for a process like CHNA that only occurs every three years. That’s why insight from experts consistently examining the process of CHNA year-round is so valuable. DataGen’s CHNA Advantage™ makes your assessment more robust without requiring additional staff or resources.

CHNA Advantage’s turnkey tools and metrics apply to four phases of the assessment process:

    1. Prepare and mobilize – Assemble teams and collaborators, determine resources and data sources, map timelines and identify the best ways to communicate.
    2. Envision and plan – Create survey, project, rollout and communication plans based on vision and strategy sessions.
    3. Implement the plan and interpret – Administer survey, evaluate and analyze responses, analyze data and identify community interventions based on the results and findings.
    4. Prioritize, compose and submit – Work with partners to make intervention and implementation decisions as part of the CHNA report draft and submission.

    DataGen’s approach facilitates collaboration and information-gathering from local residents, health departments and community-based organizations for a CHNA submission that fully complies with federal and state requirements.

    Easily leverage the data and healthcare analytics you don’t have.

    Beyond CHNA must-haves, hospitals need a way to activate their data wish lists for better community outcomes. These categories include:

    • demographics;
    • social determinants of health;
    • healthy/unhealthy behaviors;
    • healthcare utilization;
    • health outcomes; and
    • data from CHNA partner collaborators.

    CHNA Advantage offers hospitals 200 metrics across more than 20 domains for the most robust CHNA possible. In addition to a hospital's own data, sources include County Health Rankings, CDC PLACES and Socially Determined, Inc. The latter incorporates social risk data and scores across six SDOH domains: finance, food, housing, transportation, health literacy, and digital.

    It’s never too early to start thinking about your next CHNA. A new process combined with new data can help deliver a new standard of care. 

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