Community Health Needs Assessments

In Fiscal Year 2019, all Piedmont Healthcare hospitals undertook a community health needs assessment (CHNA), which is the activity and end-product of identifying and prioritizing the community's health needs. We did this by talking to community and hospital stakeholders, analyzing relevant public health and hospital data, and seeing where we could make the most impact in our neighborhoods and city.

A key component of the CHNA is to identify the top health priorities we'll address over fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022. These priorities will guide our community benefit work.

All hospitals of the Piedmont system adopted as their health priorities:

  • Increase access points for appropriate and affordable health and mental care for all community members, and especially those who are uninsured and those with low incomes
  • Reduce opioid and related substance abuse and overdose deaths
     

Additionally, our hospitals have adopted the following priorities based on the individual needs of their communities: 

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

  • Decrease deaths from lung and breast cancer and increase access to cancer programming for those with living the disease
  • Reduce instances of and deaths from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease

 

Piedmont Athens Regional

  • Decrease deaths from cancer and increase access to cancer programming for those with living the disease, with a focus on lung and breast cancer
  • Promote healthy weights and behaviors as to decrease preventable instances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and other related chronic conditions

 

Piedmont Columbus Regional (Midtown and Northside campuses)

  • Decrease deaths from cancer and increase access to cancer programming for those with living the disease
  • Decrease preventable instances of diabetes and decrease the number of patients with uncontrolled diabetes
  • Reduce rates of obesity and increase access to healthy foods and recreational activities
  • Decrease the impact of and deaths from stroke

 

Piedmont Fayette Hospital

  • Decrease deaths from all cancers, with a focus on lung and breast cancers
  • Reduce instances of and deaths from heart disease
  • Reduce preventable instances of diabetes and increase access to care for those living with the disease
  • Reduce rates of obesity and increase access to healthy foods and recreational activities
  • Support senior health and healthy aging

 

Piedmont Henry Hospital

  • Decrease deaths from cancer and increase access to cancer programming for those with living the disease, with a focus on lung and breast cancer
  • Decrease preventable instances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and other related chronic conditions by promoting healthy weights and behaviors

 

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital

  • Increase access to appropriate and affordable health and mental care for all community members

 

Piedmont Newnan Hospital

  • Decrease deaths from all cancers, with a focus on lung cancer and breast cancer
  • Reduce instances of and deaths from heart disease
  • Reduce preventable instances of diabetes and increase access to care for those living with the disease
  • Reduce rates of obesity and increase access to healthy foods and recreational activities

 

Piedmont Newton Hospital

  • Decrease deaths from all cancers, with a focus on lung cancer
  • Reduce preventable instances of and deaths from heart disease
  • Reduce preventable emergency department re-encounters and hospital readmissions

 

Piedmont Rockdale Hospital

  • Decrease deaths from cancer and increase access to cancer programming for those with living the disease, with a focus on lung cancer
  • Promote healthy weights and behaviors as to decrease preventable instances of heart disease and diabetes

 

Piedmont Walton Hospital

  • Decrease deaths from cancer and increase access to cancer programming for those with living the disease, with a focus on lung cancer
  • Promote healthy weights and behaviors as to decrease preventable instances of heart disease and diabetes

For all priorities, we will work to achieve greater health equity by reducing the impact of poverty and other socioeconomic indicators. This means we’ll work into each implementation strategy activities that will address any social, economic and/or racial barriers to good health, lifting up the health of all those in our communities by addressing social and economic root causes of poor health.

When possible, we will work to address other issues that arose during the CHNA, even though those are not listed in the above priority list. These include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Alzheimer’s disease and HIV/AIDS. Also, not all our communities will have the same specific priorities. That doesn’t mean an issue isn’t important to that hospital, though, and we’ll work to address all issues in all communities, as we’re able.

Now that we’ve finalized our CHNA, and in partnership with our 11 primary communities, we will now create implementation strategies to address those prioritized needs, with an end goal of bettering community health, and particularly that of those most vulnerable. The implementation strategies will guide our CHNA work.

We will publish our full CHNA and subsequent implementation strategy in Fall 2019. In the interim, if you would like a copy of a hospital’s CHNA, please contact us at communityprograms@piedmont.org.


You can also find documents related to our previous CHNA, conducted in FY16, here: