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Community Health Needs Assessments

Community Health Needs Assessments

West Penn Allegheny health System - Community Health Needs Assessment 2012

Our Commitment to Community Health

Improving the health of western Pennsylvanians is not only in the best interest of our communities and the region, but also the mission of Allegheny Health Network. We are proud to be part of the communities we serve and are committed to making the lives of our patients, staff, and friends better through the work we do. To gain a better understanding of health needs across the communities we serve, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) undertook a system-wide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in 2015.

The 2015 CHNA builds upon our hospitals’ previous CHNAs conducted in 2013 and provides a comprehensive guide for Allegheny Health Network’s community benefit and community health improvement efforts. We identified needs within each of our hospital communities and will be a catalyst to work with our community partners to take a collaborative approach to community health improvement while directing system-wide resources to improve population health throughout the region.

Our initiative aligned with ongoing community health improvement activities in our local hospital service areas as well as public health efforts directed by the Allegheny and Erie County Health Departments. Where applicable, we have aligned our priorities and planning with these local and regional initiatives to foster collaboration in community health improvement. Our timeline is consistent with IRS requirements for all not-for-profit hospitals to conduct a CHNA every three years. Allegheny Health Network views the value of a Community Health Needs Assessment to be far beyond regulatory compliance and we look forward to continued partnership to improve the health of the communities we serve.

An integral part of the CHNA process was community engagement. A Steering Committee of AHN leadership and an Advisory Committee made up of a diverse selection of community representatives guided the CHNA process from inception to completion. Additionally, we solicited input from community stakeholders and residents through surveys, focus groups, and other dialogue. Our research partner, Baker Tilly, was instrumental in collecting and analyzing data and preparing the following report. Baker Tilly’s expertise ensured the validity of the research and assisted in developing a long-term action plan to address the highest health needs across the AHN service area.

Now begins the challenge of using our findings to measure outcomes in addressing health disparities within our communities. This will not be an easy task nor will all of its impact be immediately felt. It will require the commitment of AHN, partnerships with organizations throughout the community, and with individual members of the communities we serve. AHN is excited about our role in driving positive outcomes in addressing these priorities.

 

2012-2013 Information and Reports