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- A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit
- Assessing and Addressing Community Health Needs
- Evaluating Your Community Benefit Impact (2015
A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit (2022 Update)
Updated in 2022 to incorporate equity and social determinants of health as community benefit priorities, CHA's A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit provides a comprehensive framework for health care organizations desiring to develop a strategic approach to planning, delivering and reporting on community benefit programs.
This resource includes guidance on meeting federal requirements for tax-exempt hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments and adopt implementation strategies to meet identified needs. The Guide also includes guidelines for reporting on the IRS Form 990, Schedule H as well as valuable information from community benefit and public health professionals about leading practices in community health improvement.
This resource is primarily for staff who plan, develop, implement, and report community benefit programs. It can also be used by board and executive leaders, as well as staff in mission, finance, planning, population health, communications, clinical and social services, compliance, advocacy, legal, and other offices involved in community benefit planning and reporting.
The Guide is organized around the basic components in community benefit planning, implementation and reporting:
Understanding What Counts and Does Not Count as Community Benefit.
Building a Sustainable Infrastructure.
Accounting for Community Benefit.
Planning and Implementing Community Benefit Programs.
Evaluating Community Benefit Programs.
Communicating the Community Benefit Story.
The Guide has numerous links to additional tools, examples and resources that can be accessed on the CHA website.
Assessing and Addressing Community Health Needs (2015 Edition)
Updated to reflect IRS final rules issued on December 31,
Responding to the health needs of our communities, especially
to the most vulnerable among us, is central to the mission of Catholic and other
not-for-profit health care organizations. To do so, we need to have an
understanding of community health needs and use a deliberate approach for
addressing those needs.
The importance of assessing community health needs and
developing an implementation strategy to address selected needs was reinforced
by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), enacted
March 23, 2010. The law added new requirements on tax-exempt hospitals to
conduct community health needs assessments and to adopt implementation
strategies to meet the community health needs identified through the
CHA, in collaboration with Vizient and the Healthy Communities
Institute, developed this resource to help not-for-profit health care
organizations strengthen their assessment and community benefit planning
processes. Using CHA’s previous work, the experience of community benefit
professionals and public health expertise, this resource offers practical advice
on how hospitals can work with community and public health partners to assess
community health needs and develop effective strategies for improving health in
This resource was developed especially for the hospital staff
responsible for conducting or overseeing community health needs assessments and
planning community benefit programs.
Others with an interest in community health may find this book
useful as well. These could include staff within the organization such as
administrators, clinicians and strategic planners, and community partners such
as policy makers, consumer advocates, public officials and representatives of
Evaluating Your Community Benefit Impact (Printed
It is essential to evaluate community benefit programs in order to improve
programs and ensure the effectiveness of actions taken to address significant
health needs in the community.
Community benefit program evaluation is important for compliance reasons as
well. The Affordable Care Act added requirements for tax-exempt hospitals to
assess the health needs of their communities every three years. The federal
regulations implementing those requirements specify that hospitals need to
include in their community health needs assessment (CHNA) reports an evaluation
of the impact of actions taken to address the significant health needs from
their immediately preceding CHNA report (Treas. Reg. § 1.501(r)-3). The intent
of these requirements is to increase transparency and accountability around
tax-exempt hospitals' obligation to improve community health.
This CHA resource, developed in collaboration with Vizient and the Healthy
Communities Institute, is designed to help community benefit leaders take a
systematic approach to evaluating and improving their programs and to meet their
legal requirements by applying the knowledge and experience of public health
program evaluation to community benefit programs.
While the resource is primarily geared to staff members who work in the area
of community benefit, it can also be used by others who need to understand how
to assess evaluation findings and use those findings in their work. Other
groups that may find this information useful include trustees; executive
leaders; strategy; population health; finance and communications staff;
community partners; and program participants.