03 Jul Health First Taking Major Steps to Accommodate Community Health Needs: New Initiative Spurs Further Community Collaboration
Health First is pleased to announce its Board of Trustees has approved a three-year plan to help meet the healthcare needs of our community. As a result of a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) conducted by the Health Council of East Central Florida, Health First plans to enhance programs aimed at creating a healthier Brevard County.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is mandating all not-for-profit hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment once every three years. The CHNA is a systematic process that identifies and analyzes community health needs for prioritization, planning, and action upon unmet needs. Efforts must be measured and tracked to ensure improvements are being made in areas identified. Health First is maximizing its resources by addressing seven priorities – as opposed to the industry standard of three.
Health First leadership has recommended the following disparities be addressed:
- Adults without Health Insurance
- Adults without a Regular Dentist
- Adults without a Primary Care Physician/Provider
- Adults with Cerebrovascular Disease
- Adults with Cardiovascular Disease
- Adults & Children who are Overweight or Obese
- Adults & Children Having a Poor Diet and/or Lack of Physical Activity