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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
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