The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a community-wide strategic analysis conducted by William Newton Hospital, the Health Department, and the Community Health Center every 3 years. This evaluation seeks to identify deficiencies within the community health system and to develop a 3-year plan to improve the health of the community.
The development of the CHNA brings together community health leaders and providers, along with residents and stakeholders in order to research and determine community health needs and to document strengths within the community health system. This process is detailed within each report and includes data collection and analysis of unmet needs within the community. Each CHNA must include the following:
Following the completion of the CHNA, a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) will be drafted and used as a foundation for community health improvement efforts for the next 3 years. This plan will provide a concrete approach for community health leaders in addressing the needs of the community and providing an efficient path for community health improvement.
In this endeavor, William Newton Hospital partners with the Health Department and the Community Health Center to conduct the CHNA. The completion of the CHNA provides many benefits including:
In each completed Community Health Needs Assessment, the methodologies employed and documentation for the process are included as well as input from community stakeholders and residents. The following links are previous CHNAs conducted for Cowley County, including the latest from 2021: