What is a Community Health Needs Assessment?

A community health needs assessment (CHNA) is a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems and assets in a community.

The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community’s health needs and identified issues.

Non-profit hospitals are required to complete a CHNA and develop a Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) to address identified needs every 3 years.

L-R: Winthrop Town Manager Faison, Chelsea City Manager Ambrosino, and Revere Mayor Arrigo

The North Suffolk integrated Community Health Needs Assessment (iCHNA) and Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP)

The communities of Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop will use the upcoming iCHNA and CHIP to work towards a North Suffolk region where individuals from all backgrounds and circumstances will have every opportunity to live a healthy life; and where local governments, health care providers, social service and community-based organizations, and community residents work in continuous partnership to improve health outcomes for all people in the region. Key findings developed from the iCHNA and CHIP will be provided to iCHNA Collaborative Organizations to aid implementation of subsequent iCHNA and CHIP initiatives.