Community Health Needs Assessment
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 assessment also includes input from community members, local public health departments, the school system, social services, community health centers, free clinics, local governments, and those who represent underserved populations and others through surveys, focus groups, and other means.
The needs assessment identifies numerous health issues that our
communities face, as well as opportunities to improve health equity. We look at a wide range of factors in order to identify and prioritize health issues for each location and region. The 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 serve as the foundation for each hospital’s implementation strategies to address the community’s identified priority needs. The assessments and implementation strategies of each hospital have been adopted by their governing body.
Of course, there are a number of additional resources we partner with in each community, such as local public health departments, United Way agencies, academic institutions, and others, to address specific needs. For residents and consumers seeking resources, information is available from sources like 2-1-1 as well as on Sentara.com.
Below are copies of the assessments of 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 so that we can incorporate your feedback into our assessments. Please use our online form to contact us.
Sentara BelleHarbour Ambulatory Surgery Center 2019