Community Health Needs Assessment
To help guide our collective commitment and efforts, the community health needs assessment reflects an enhanced collaborative approach that aligns with local nonprofit hospitals and departments of health.
This approach, which differed from previous years, enables us to establish a partnership among similar-missioned local organizations while facilitating resources and expertise to better understand and address health issues facing residents.
Through this collaboration, partners have not only fulfilled the community health needs assessment IRS tax exemption requirement, but we have also convened a pathway to produce a unique and holistic approach to determining activities and community services that will constitute a cultural health transformation in each community, county and region.
We aim to:
- Partner with those community leaders and community-based organizations that serve as stewards to guide and educate Johns Hopkins All Children’s to best serve the needs of each population.
- Integrate the interests, assets and expertise of our health system and the community to reach mutually agreed upon and beneficial outcomes.
- Develop transparent, coherent approaches to planning, implementing, evaluating and disseminating sustainable health improvement programs and policy interventions.
Determining Health Barriers
In Fiscal Year 2022, we conducted a community health needs assessment to identify the most important health issues and health barriers in Pinellas County, Florida, and developed an implementation strategy plan to address the health priorities identified through the assessment process.
The assessment was completed using a six-part methodology that involved nearly 1,800 participants. The methodology included:
- Exploratory, in-depth interviews with key members of the community
- Surveys of parents and community members
- Focus groups
- Community conversations
- Secondary research
- A prioritization filter
This approach identified four priority health issues for children, which are:
- Access to Care (Immunization, Infectious Disease & Respiratory)
- Birth outcomes/infant mortality
- Exercise, nutrition and weight
- Mental health
Top health barriers include:
- No health insurance, no access to providers, no access to behavioral health, and no transportation
- Limited access to nutrition and/or to physical activity
- Limited healthy living education
- Resource-rich community does poor job distributing resources
Improving Health Outcomes
The implementation strategy is a six-part process led by a community health collaborative and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to engage key entities – including schools, parents, city governments, community groups and non-profits – at the highest levels to measurably improve community health outcomes for the top health issues.
- Awareness: Community presentations
- Participation: Community connector groups
- Involvement: Health symposiums
- Engagement: Health summit
- Sustainability: Community connector groups continue
- Annual report
We align health priorities with the areas of greatest identified need and consider where our resources will generate the greatest impact. Our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community is demonstrated through the deliberate planning of community benefit activities.
If you have comments or questions, please contact the Community Health & Government Affairs team.