2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

Wake County has been consistently ranked as the healthiest county in North Carolina. This achievement was made possible due to the work and partnership of public health, the community, government, hospital partners and Wake County citizens.

Every three years, Wake County conducts a comprehensive community examination thorough the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process. UNC REX proudly partnered with Duke Raleigh Hospital, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Advance Community Health, Wake County Health and Human Services, United Way of the Triangle and the Wake County Medical Society to execute the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. This CHNA will guide UNC REX Healthcare’s efforts to improve the overall health and wellness of residents in Wake County over the next three years.

View the 2016 Executive Summary

View the 2016 Full Report

A Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) comprised of a leader from each entity listed above provided oversight of the process along with consultants from Ascendient. Additionally, a Community Steering Committee comprised of more than 50 members from a variety of key Wake County organizations including faith-based, schools, non-profits and the business community, guided the work of the overall team, led by Wake County Commission Chairman Dr. James West and WakeMed President Donald Gintzig.

As part of the process, quantitative and qualitative survey data was compiled, reviewed and shared. This summer, UNC REX will conduct action planning for our implementation plans around the following four priority areas identified in the 2016 CHNA:

  1. Health Insurance Coverage
  2. Transportation
  3. Access to Health Services
  4. Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The best way to address community health planning is to identify health disparities, gaps and unmet needs alongside a balance of community needs, resources, strengths and perceptions. The 2016 CHNA will help us align strategic priorities and evaluate additional opportunities to best improve the health in our community.

Research and evaluation leads to better information about the effectiveness and impact of our work, ultimately leading to better discussions, decision-making and outcomes. Additional information about UNC REX’s implementation plans will be posted in fall 2016.

For additional information, please contact UNC REX Healthcare Vice President of Communications and Marketing Lisa Schiller at (919) 784-4420.