Online Program

Improving Population Health Using the Community Health Improvement Navigator

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Denise Koo, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Our health and well-being are products of not only the health care we receive and the choices we make but also the places where we live, learn, work, and play. Section 501(r), added to the Internal Revenue Code as part of the Affordable Care Act, requires the nation’s approximately 2900 tax-exempt hospitals to conduct triennial Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs), adopt implementation strategies that prioritize and address significant health needs, and publicly report their CHNAs and implementation strategies.  The final rule interpreting this new IRS requirement mandates that hospitals obtain input from governmental public health.  This rule offers an opportunity to bring health care, public health, and other stakeholders together to consider high priority actions to improve health, because working together has a greater impact on health and economic vitality than working alone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) online CHI Navigator­——is a one-stop-shop that offers hospitals and other community stakeholders, including public health and community-based organizations, vetted tools and resources for:
  • Depicting visually the who, what, where, and how of improving community health
  • Making the case for collaborative approaches to community health improvement
  • Establishing and maintaining effective collaborations
  • Finding interventions that work for the greatest impact on health and well-being for all
Hospitals and health systems are a primary target for the CHI navigator, as CDC’s goal is to ensure that they recognize the value of addressing underlying determinants of health and the opportunities offered by partnering with others, especially public health. The intent is to engage healthcare partners within the larger umbrella of partnerships which are frequently led and/or convened by public health.
This presentation will include a demonstration of the CDC CHI Navigator (, and describe how to use it in collaborative efforts to improve community health. 

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the CDC CHI Navigator Describe how to use the CHI Navigator in collaborative efforts to improve community health

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic because I led the development of the Navigator. I am currently based in the CDC Policy Office as Advisor to the Director for Policy. We developed the Navigator to provide tools and resources aimed at supporting collaborative partnerships to improve community health and well-being.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.