142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Affordable Care Act's Community Health Needs Assessment: How Implementation Plans Impact Community Health

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Lea Wansbrough, MPH , Strategic Services, Carnahan Group, Tampa, FL
On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) added requirements for 501(c)(3) hospital organizations stating that a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) must be conducted at least once every three years. Reported under the IRS Form 990, hospitals must demonstrate knowledge of existing priority health needs in the community they serve. Our team completed 15 CHNAs and Implementation Plans for hospitals in a variety of settings including: urban, rural and academic medical centers. The CHNA is designed to take into consideration the quantitative health indicators, as well as input from public health experts and persons who represent broad interests of the community served. By evaluating the available primary and secondary data and incorporating knowledge of the individual hospital’s strengths and capacities health priorities were identified. Implementation Plans with strategies to address the health priorities identified by the CHNA were created by reviewing evidence-based programs and best practices to give the hospitals strategies to impact the health of their community. The earliest CHNAs were completed over a year ago and the have been used to modify existing hospital programs and develop new ones. Additionally, discussion of lessons learned as well as future recommendations gathered from evaluation of the CHNA process could contribute to enriching implementation strategy development and adoption procedures.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Identify the ACA's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) requirements Discuss the implementation of conducting the CHNA process in a variety of hospital settings Assess the impact the Implementation Plans have had on hospital programs Describe challenges in conducting CHNAs and designing Implementation Plans and how to address them

Keyword(s): Affordable Care Act, Hospitals

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My Department of Strategic Services team conducted multiple Community Health Needs Assessments for non-profit hospitals and hospital systems throughout the United States. I am also an Epidemiologist and completed the Florida EIS fellowship program in 2011.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Carnahan Group, Inc. Health System CHNA and Strategic Implementation Plan development Consultant and Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.