Christina Crooks Bryan
Delaware Hospitals Release 2019 Community Health Needs Assessments
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder a Common Priority for Delaware Hospitals
(DOVER, DE – November 12, 2019) All Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), an evaluation of local health needs conducted by non-profit hospitals every three years, are now complete and available online
for those Delaware hospitals required to report in 2019.* While several common health needs have been identified, mental health and/or substance use disorder has emerged as a priority for every hospital across the state.
“Delaware hospitals strive to provide the highest quality care for every patient that enters their doors, but there are so many factors beyond hospital walls that impact a person’s health,” said Megan McNamara Williams, DNP, FNP-C, Vice President for the Delaware Healthcare Association. “To truly make an impact on the health of our community, we must identify these critical factors and work with our community partners to address these issues.”
The CHNA reports, as required by the Affordable Care Act, are the product of a significant amount of research by each non-profit hospital to assess the health needs of their surrounding communities through qualitative and quantitative data. This includes community surveys, focus groups, and an analysis of the predominant health issues impacting their local population.
Common health needs spanning several hospitals include:
- Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder
- Social Determinants of Health
- Access/Availability of Providers
The hospitals will next release their Community Health Implementation Plans, which outline how Delaware health care systems will work to address the health care priorities identified in the CHNAs in the next three years.
* Bayhealth Kent Campus, Bayhealth Sussex Campus, Beebe Healthcare, ChristianaCare, Nanticoke Health Services, and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children all report in 2019. Saint Francis Healthcare’s CHNA is not due until 2020.
About the Delaware Healthcare Association
The Delaware Healthcare Association (DHA) is a statewide trade and membership services organization that serves as a leader in the promotion of effective change in health services through collaboration and consensus building on health care issues at the State and Federal levels. DHA’s vision is to be the leading and respected voice for hospitals and health care delivery systems in Delaware working together to deliver compassionate, accessible, high quality, financially sustainable health care to the patients and communities they serve. DHA’s mission is to provide policy and advocacy leadership in creating an excellent environment for enabling every Delawarean to be as healthy as they can be.