Community Health Needs Assessments
Sentara conducts comprehensive community health needs assessments for each of our inpatient hospitals and outpatient surgical hospitals across Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. These assessments provide a snapshot of the health status of residents in our communities, including information about key health and health-related problems and opportunities.
Our assessments include a review of population characteristics such as age, educational level, and racial and ethnic composition because social factors are important determinants of health. The assessments also look at risk factors, such as obesity and smoking, and health indicators, such as infant mortality and preventable hospitalizations. Community participation is important, so the assessments also include input — through surveys, focus groups, and other means — from community members, public health departments, school systems, social services providers, community health centers, free clinics, local government agencies, and others.
The needs assessments identify numerous health issues that our communities face, as well as opportunities to improve health equity. We look at a wide range of factors to identify and prioritize health issues for each location and region. These factors include size and scope of the health problem, severity and intensity of the problem, feasibility and effectiveness of possible interventions, health disparities associated with the need, importance of community places on addressing the need, and consistency with our mission to improve health every day.
What we learn from these community health needs assessments serves as the foundation for each hospital’s implementation strategies to address the community’s identified priority needs. The assessments and implementation strategies for each hospital are adopted by their respective governing bodies.
Of course, there are many additional resources and partners we consult to better understand and address local needs, such as public health departments, United Way agencies, academic institutions, and others. For residents and consumers seeking similar resources, information is available from sources like 2-1-1, as well as on Sentara.com.
Below are copies of the assessments from our inpatient hospitals and outpatient surgical hospitals (also known as ambulatory surgery centers). By clicking on the facility’s name, you may learn more about that facility’s community health needs assessment and may view and download a copy of the report.
Your input is important to us, and we welcome your feedback to incorporate into our assessments. For more information and to provide feedback or request a copy of the Community Health Needs Assessment please contact us.
Sentara BelleHarbour Ambulatory Surgery Center 2019