The American Hospital Association is supporting Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s efforts of building 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. In order to achieve a culture of health, hospitals and health systems need to collaborate with various sectors of the community to assess the health needs identified in their communities – whether they be physical, behavioral or socio-economic.
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 towards a Culture of Health.
Since 1898, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents, serves and provides education and resources for all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. The AHA's path forward is anchored by AHA's mission to Advancing Health in America. The AHA is redefining the role of hospitals in the future by looking beyond clinical care and focusing more on community partnerships, innovation, leadership and new models of care and services.
Formed in 2018, the AHA's Center for Health Innovation is designed to better equip AHA members to disrupt health care, proactively manage change, make more data-driven decisions, and improve patient care and health in the communities they serve. It provides forward-looking market intelligence, novel partnerships within and outside of the health care field, unique leadership development opportunities, and enhanced capabilities to spread leading practices at-scale. Learn more.
The Association for Community Health Improvement, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, is the premier national association for community health, community benefit and population health professionals. ACHI provides educational resources and tools, professional development and networking opportunities to help health leaders expand their knowledge and enhance their performance in achieving community health goals. Learn more.