Community Health Needs Assessment

The National Center for Rural Health Works has provided a community health needs assessment (CHNA) for many years. With the pass of “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” in 2010, al 501©(3) hospitals must conduct a CHNA process to meet the US Dept. Treasury and IRS rules.

The CHNA toolkit was created to provide state and community organizations the ability to complete a community health needs assessment. State and community organizations that should be contacted to complete a CHNA are state offices of rural health, rural health associations, economic development organizations, and hospital associations. Organizations utilizing our community health needs assessment toolkits should have the ability to complete a study for your community.

How long is a community health needs assessment process?

A community health needs assessment will take about 6 months. However, using our CHNA toolkit and our economic impact and data analysis tools, the process should run smoothly and be useful in creating a robust community-based health system.

What is the process of a community health needs assessment?

Shown below is a diagram, of the steps and timeline for your community health needs assessment. While the diagram shows that only three meetings are necessary, the NCRHW recommends that your center have a fourth meeting, to finalize your community health needs assessment.

Click on each of the steps you will find the necessary documents to complete each step

NCRHW now a partner of VCOM

With nearly 60% of our graduates becoming primary care physicians and over 50% practicing in a rural or under-served setting, our school fully appreciates the economic and employment impact our students and schools have upon the nation. With NCRHW now a partner of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, we’ll share with faculty, students and stakeholders NCRHW’s vast resources through our vast education network.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO , Provost and President
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

NCRHW is and will continue to be an important voice

The National Center for Rural Health Works is an invaluable resource to the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its 2100 rural hospital members. AHA has collaborated with NCRHW for many years on multiple projects. For example, NCRHW was referenced in our TrendWatch, “Beyond Health Care: The Economic Contribution of Hospitals,” and featured in our two-part webinar series on the “Economic Impact of Rural Hospitals and Health Networks.” NCRHW is and will continue to be an important voice on the economic significance of rural hospitals to the communities they serve.

John Supplitt, Senior Director
American Hospital Directory Constituency Sections

NCRHW now a partner of VCOM

With nearly 60% of our graduates becoming primary care physicians and over 50% practicing in a rural or under-served setting, our school fully appreciates the economic and employment impact our students and schools have upon the nation. With NCRHW now a partner of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, we’ll share with faculty, students and stakeholders NCRHW’s vast resources through our vast education network.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO , Provost and President
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine