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.
The AHA represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. It is a source of information on health care issues and trends, and ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Learn more.
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.