The previous notice in this series advised that by December 2020, local health departments and Ohio tax-exempt hospitals should align their Community Health Assessment (CHA)/Community Health Need Assessments (CHNA) and their Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)/ Implementation Strategy (IS) by selecting at least two health need priorities identified in the State Health Assessment (SHA)/State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). For these aligned priorities selected, a least one core metric from the SHA/SHIP must be included in the CHNA and IS.

The SHA data is presented at the state level and should serve as the data key for the foundational data needed for the CHNA. Additional data may be added, but these core metrics from the SHA should be evaluated for every CHNA. The SHA is a good starting point for data collection. Local data on the health conditions of the community can then be gathered and evaluated in conjunction with the SHA. In preparing the CHNA report, be sure to identify the SHA as a data source.

In developing the IS, the hospital should select at least one of the key metrics identified in the SHIP for each aligned health need priority. The SHIP identifies multiple strategies, objectives and measurable outcomes to monitor progress for each priority. For each aligned health need priority in the hospital’s CHNA, the IS must identify at least one strategy, objective and measurable outcome from the SHIP to monitor progress in addressing the need.

The Author

Christine Kenney
Director of Regulatory Services
614.227.4865
ckenney@incomplianceconsulting.com