What is a community health needs assessment?
Every few years, Parkview Health sponsors a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify health needs within northeast Indiana, particularly the five counties in which Parkview-affiliated hospitals exist. As a not-for-profit, community-owned health system, the assessment provides a valuable tool in Parkview’s strategic planning process and in the development of our community benefit plan. Each time we monitor our community’s health needs, we identify opportunities and prioritize our efforts to impact the health of our community friends and neighbors.
This data is shared with community organizations and leaders to assist in their planning and to encourage opportunities for collaboration.
View results of the 2016 health needs assessment report.
The most recent assessment was completed in conjunction with the Indiana Partnership for Healthy Communities, which is a partnership between the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Polis Center at IUPUI. Current community health priorities for Parkview-affiliated hospitals can be found in the respective Community Health Needs Assessment reports.
County-specific reports from 2013 are available for reference.
What is an implementation strategy?
An implementation strategy serves as an in-depth plan for each hospital to address health needs identified through the community health needs assessment and other resources. It includes goals, objectives and action plans designed to improve the health of the local community.
The development of an implementation strategy is currently underway in Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Wabash and Whitley counties.
The implementation strategy will serve as the community health improvement plan for each hospital to address health needs identified through the community health needs assessment and other resources.
Look for your respective community health improvement plans in the Community Health Needs Assessment reports shown above.