Under Section 501(r)(3), a hospital organization must conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) at least once every three taxable years. Hospitals failing to meet this requirement are subject to a $50,000 fine (excise tax). We offer public health expertise to manage your community health needs assessment process. Our consultants at Via Healthcare Consulting have over 15 years of experience with innovative approaches to conducting CHNAs and developing Hospital Community Benefit Plans.
Using nationally-recognized public health tools and methodologies from the American Public Helath Association (APHA), National Association of City and County Health Offices (NACCHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others, we ensure a rigorous, data-driven, community-inclusive and transparent process. Below are some samples of the approach we might use.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Sample of Categories
(Footnote: This list taken from the Community Health Status Assessment process found in the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships model of the National Association of County and City Health Officials www.naccho.org)
Who are we and what do we bring to the table?
- Demographic Characteristics
- Socioeconomic Characteristics
- Health Resource Availability
What are the strengths and risks in our community that contribute to health?
- Quality of Life
- Behavioral Risk Factors
- Environmental Health Indicators
What is our health status?
- Social and Mental Health
- Maternal and Child Health
- Death, Illness and Injury
- Infectious Disease
- Sentinel Events
Illustration of developing Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Benefit Plan