Community health needs assessments

Every three years, Allina Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for each of our hospitals to systematically identify and analyze health priorities in the community and plan how we will address these priorities, including in partnership with public health departments, other hospitals and health systems and many other community partners. The Internal Revenue Service provides guidelines for this process as part of meeting obligations as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Through this process, Allina Health aims to:

  • Better understand the health status and needs of the communities it serves by considering the most recent health and demographic data as well as gathering direct input from community members.
  • Gather perspectives from individuals representing the interests of the community, including those who have knowledge or expertise in public health and those who experience health inequity.
  • Identify community resources and organizations that Allina Health can partner with and support in the priority areas for that community.
  • Create a strategic implementation plan based on information gathered through the needs assessment.

To learn more

Contact your Community Engagement Lead with questions.