In order to have improvements in our communities, a picture of what health looks like now is needed. Under the ACA, all charitable hospitals are required to develop a community health needs assessment and implementation plan addressing community needs of each hospital service area. These documents and other reports can help to shape the way people view health in Chicago, and ways in which the communities and their partners can work to improve population health.
The Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative and the Smart Chicago Collaborative have partnered to make community health data more accessible to hospitals, community partners, and others stakeholder looking to improve health outcomes in Chicago. Check out the Chicago Health Atlas to see a picture of health in your hospital service area, community area or zip code.
Community Health Needs Assessments, in-depth analysis on hospital population efforts, and other favorite resources are available for your learning. Read up now.