As a nonprofit health care provider, Kaiser Permanente Northwest is dedicated to caring for the health needs of our communities and addressing the social and environmental factors that create barriers to health.
In order to better understand the needs and resources of each community we serve, we regularly conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This process not only informs our community investments, helping us make long-term, sustainable change, but it also allows us to deepen the strong relationships we have with partner organizations and holds us accountable to our mission as we work together to improve community health.
We conduct a CHNA every three years to inform our community investments and meet federal regulatory obligations. The CHNA process provides a rigorous method for identifying high-priority health needs in communities and developing strategies to address those needs.
During the CHNA process, we collect information using a variety of tools and sources — public data and analytical mapping tools, online surveys, and listening sessions — to identify a list of community health needs. We then select which needs to focus on by considering the needs that are most pressing and that we are best equipped to address.
Visit Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Needs Assessment page and read our full CHNA and Implementation Strategy to learn more about our methods, findings and planned response to the community health needs that were identified.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s 2016 CHNA process illuminated five high-priority health needs that were most critical to the health and well-being of the communities we serve:
Download our CHNA Executive Summary to learn about the goals and strategies for each priority health need.
Kaiser Permanente’s CHNA process was conducted in association with the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative, a public-private partnership that we helped to co-found. We are grateful for the contributions of the 15 hospitals, four health departments, two Coordinated Care Organizations, and more than 20 local community organizations who have provided invaluable input for our continued work together.