Community Health Needs Assessment
A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) provides information so that communities may identify issues of greatest concern and decide to commit resources to those areas, thereby making the greatest possible impact on community health status.
This CHNA is a systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the primary service area of Rex Healthcare, Wake County, N.C. A new partnership between Wake County Health and Human Services, local hospitals and care providers such as Wake Health Services, the Wake County Medical Society Community Health Foundation and United Way, was formed to execute the 2013 CHNA.
The Community Health Needs Assessment is serving as a tool that will assist in achieving three basic goals:
- To improve residents’ health status, increase their life spans, and elevate their overall quality of life. A healthy community is not only one where its residents suffer little from physical and mental illness, but also one where its residents enjoy a high quality of life.
- To reduce the health disparities among residents. By gathering demographic information along with health status and behavior data, it will be possible to identify population segments that are most at-risk for various diseases and injuries. Intervention plans aimed at targeting these individuals may then be developed to combat some of the socio-economic factors which have historically had a negative impact on residents’ health.
- To increase accessibility to preventive services for all community residents. More accessible preventive services will prove beneficial in accomplishing the first goal (improving health status, increasing life spans, and elevating the quality of life), as well as lowering the costs associated with caring for late-stage diseases resulting from a lack of preventive care.
- Information collected from the 2013 CHNA will guide Rex Healthcare’s efforts to structure programs and services with the goal of improving the community’s overall health and wellness, while also balancing Rex’s strategic priorities.
If you have questions about the 2013 CHNA, please email us.