Community Health Needs Assessment
Defining our Community's Health Needs
As part of Augusta Health's commitment to the community, we coordinate—with the collaboration and input of many organizations and agencies across all sectors of our community—a regular and comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Our first CHNA was in 2009 and the next in 2013. The current assessment was completed in 2016.
The CHNA is a systematic, data driven approach to determining health status, behaviors and the areas of greatest health need in the local community. It provides information so the health issues of greatest concern can be identified, and resources allocated. Areas of opportunity were determined following the review of national benchmark data, number of residents affected and the potential impact on community health and wellness.
Areas of Opportunity:
- Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight
- Mental Health
- Heart Disease and Stroke
- Access to Healthcare Services
- Substance Abuse
- Dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease
- Respiratory Diseases
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Injury and Violence
- Oral Health
From these 13 areas of opportunity, three significant health issues were identified by Augusta Health as priorities to address based on two important criteria: 1) Scope and Severity, and 2) Ability for the Hospital to Impact
The following three priority issues were identified from the CHNA data:
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Mental Health
Augusta Health constructed a written Implementation Strategy with goals, objectives and outcome measures to describe how each of the three priority needs is being addressed to improve the health of our community.