Community health assessments (CHAs) are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Most prominently, the IRS now mandates that tax-exempt hospitals perform community health needs assessments every three years. Similarly, through a program launched in 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) requires CHAs for public health departments seeking national accreditation.
Not only are CHAs required for hospitals and public health departments, but health maintenance organizations (HMOs), federally qualified community health centers, community action agencies (CAAs), community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and even Massachusetts’s transportation projects can be required to conduct similar, if not the same, health assessments.
All of these cross-sectoral players performing health assessments lead to a confusing, often overlapping and duplicative environment of community health profiles.
(Figure 1 – Conceptual Illustration of Overlapping CHA Geographies).
In the Greater Boston region, many organizations required to perform CHAs, as well as those that work with the assessments, have started to recognize the overlap among the various organizations’ work. These same organizations, as well as others who see the value in the CHA process and outputs, are now considering possible opportunities to collaborate, reduce redundancies, and maximize impact.
Community Health Assessments
MAPC has collected CHAs in the Greater Boston region in an effort to understand the landscape better and make the information more accessible.
The following table contains CHAs by Community Heatlh Network Areas (CHNAs), Health Centers, Health Foundations, Hospitals/Hospital Systems, the state (MA DPH), and Municipalities. It is a working inventory and we look forward to updating and adding to this table as additional assessments are identified.