Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Implementation Plan

An Affordable Care Act mandate for hospitals receiving government funding, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and implementation plan (CHIP) aim to align data-driven community assessments with health system community investments.

CHEA has and continues to collaborate with key partners and stakeholders to support efforts that invest in sustainable strategies to complete and operationalize CHNA/CHIP. Novel efforts include partnerships with local public health departments and local hospital coalitions to support collective action that enhances impact.

In FY2019, for the first time, Penn Medicine joined eighteen regional hospitals in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, supported by the Health Care Improvement Foundation, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and the Philadelphia, Chester, and Montgomery County health departments, to undertake a collaborative, regional community health needs assessment. This regional approach is the first instance where representatives from four metropolitan counties representing more than 3.5 million residents have come together to look holistically at community barriers to optimal health.

The year-long assessment process, which involved both quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies, identified 16 priority areas, spanning from disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality to community violence. Each priority area identified key features of that problem and community-driven solutions to address the health needs. In partnership with community stakeholders, Penn Medicine developed an independent community health implementation plan for each of its hospitals that will be used guide efforts over the next three years.

“Penn Medicine is proud to be a part of this unprecedented effort. Joining with other area health systems and city and county health departments to conduct a collaborative needs assessment allows us to move forward with a more impactful, evidence-based approach to removing the barriers to care and improving health outcomes for our local community.”

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President,
University of Pennsylvania Health System

“Chester County Hospital is committed to identifying, prioritizing and serving the health needs of our community. This CHNA is a powerful tool for pinpointing communities with specific needs and tailoring our interventions to best meet those needs.”

Senior Vice President,
Strategic Planning and Marketing,
Chester County Hospital

Project Team:
  • Heather Klusaritz
  • Courtney Summers
  • Christopher Beck
  • Laura Lombardo
  • Andrea Bilger
  • Eda Apek
  • Natalie Czekai

Key Partnerships