Community Health Needs Assessment

Community Health Needs Assessment

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.

Our Process

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.

KP Northwest’s Priority Health Needs

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:

  1. Access to health care — Access to high-quality, affordable, holistic, and culturally relevant care.
  2. Economic opportunity — The ability to meet basic needs through access to housing, jobs, education, and healthy foods.
  3. Chronic disease prevention and treatment — Prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
  4. Mental health and wellness — Access to mental health care that is integrated with primary care, substance abuse treatment, community safety, and violence prevention.
  5. Oral health — Prevention and treatment of conditions of the mouth, teeth, gums, and throat that cause pain and disability leading to poor overall general health and an array of other health problems.

Download our  CHNA Executive Summary to learn about the goals and strategies for each priority health need.

Healthy Columbia Willamette

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.