Data Collection and Methodology

The AHA collected and analyzed 3,000 community health needs assessments of non-profit hospitals and health systems from across the U.S. To identify priority health needs in each of the assessments, the AHA adapted the County Health Rankings Model to develop categories around the most common health challenges in communities, which included clinical care, medical conditions, social and economic factors, physical factors, and more. The CHNAFinder holds data from 2011-2016 CHNAs.

Available Data

AHA members can use CHNAFinder to identify potential partners to collectively address shared priority health needs in a community, state or across the nation. CHNAFinder’s interactive map tool holds the following information on each non-profit hospital or health system:

  • CHNA priority needs
  • Hospital demographics (e.g., size, location, type, etc.)
  • Link to full CHNA document

The interactive tool is searchable and customizable to the needs of users. Two different versions of the map tool provide users flexibility to collect data on state-specific health needs, or explore the overall impact of one or more health issues across the country. The collected data can be used to identify hospitals, health systems and locations across the country encountering similar health care issues. Additionally, CHNAFinder connects users with each hospital’s web page and CHNA page for easier access to information on potential partners and their existing or developing preventive programs.

Priority Health Needs

The priority health needs in each CHNA were placed in the following categories: