Health Improvement

Addressing the health needs of our communities

The Affordable Care Act requires tax-exempt hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years as part of its community benefit activity. Providence’s community benefit investments are directed in response to the need identified through a needs assessment.

In 2013, Providence participated in the first joint CHNA with the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative, which includes Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Clark counties.

View the community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans in our Oregon ministries.

Based on the information collected, the Community Health Division supports each of our Oregon ministries in developing community health improvement plans that are actionable and focused on their specific issues. Providence is working to address four shared areas of focus, both internally across Oregon ministries and with community partners, including:

  • Improved access to preventive and primary care
  • Mental health and substance use services
  • Chronic condition prevention and management
  • Oral health prevention and treatment

Housing, food, transportation (basic needs), community outreach, and community partnerships that build the capacity to address top health needs are also areas of focus.