We are excited to present Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and implementation plans for each of our five Piedmont hospitals. Throughout 2012 and 2013, Piedmont Healthcare and its five hospitals started an extensive community health needs assessment, which is the development and end result of studying community health needs. We used public health data and input from members of our communities to identify key health issues facing all our communities, and particularly those who are most vulnerable.
What we found is not surprising: limited access to care for uninsured and underinsured patients, a high occurrence of mental health-related conditions, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and stroke, among others. From there, and in collaboration with community leaders, stakeholders and other community representatives, we developed strategies to address these key health issues. Because one size does not fit all, each plan was developed to fit the specific healthcare challenges of that community.
That means working with other health providers, such as the Good Samaritan Health Center, the Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic, the Coweta Samaritan Clinic and the Center for Black Women's Wellness, all of which focus their care on the uninsured and underinsured.
Designed to span a three-year period, these implementation plans will help guide Piedmont as we collaborate with community organizations and leaders in building and executing community-based programs to help our communities grow stronger and healthier.
Click here to learn more about our process and the assessments, and read the assessments and implementation plans for each hospital.