The American Hospital Association is supporting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's efforts to build a Culture of Health in every U.S. community. Building a Culture of Health means creating a society that gives all individuals an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life they can, whatever their ethnic, geographic, racial, socio-economic or physical circumstances may be. To achieve a culture of health, hospitals and health systems need to collaborate with various sectors of the community to assess the health needs—physical, behavioral and socio-economic—identified in their communities.
Hospitals are required to obtain community input as they produce mandatory community health needs assessments (CHNAs) every three years. Creating these documents and then implementing the strategies for improving community and population health provides an opportunity to strengthen links between hospitals and community stakeholders that are needed to address health priorities.
The CHNAFinder is a searchable, interactive repository that enables users to quickly access priority health needs of their communities, identified by hospitals/health care systems. This tool will guide hospitals, health systems and communities to learn from each other's CHNAs and implementation strategies and support progress in building a Culture of Health.