Keeping with our charitable mission as a not-for-profit health system, Carson Tahoe Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years. This form of measurement, which has taken place several times over the last few decades, gives us insight to the major healthcare obstacles and concerns within the community.
A CHNA survey was conducted in 2019 comprising of a cross-section of 800 people, 18 and over, within Carson, Douglas, and Lyon counties. Community members' self-evaluation on the state of their health is crucial when determining areas of greatest need, so the survey addressed every aspect surrounding their health.
Additionally, a key component to assessing community needs is obtaining community stakeholder opinions and perspectives regarding the health and well-being of the community. This input is also vital for obtaining a gauge on community health perceptions. In 2019, over 300 community stakeholders participated in the survey. The information collected from both community and stakeholder surveys helps Carson Tahoe to determine the largest areas of critical need, identify gaps in services, and pinpoint social determinants of health within the community.
Once all of the data is collected the issues that bubbled to the top form our strategic plan and include things such as adding or enhancing new services, increasing education and prevention opportunities, or expanding programs to aide access to care.
As we move forward with this information, we recognize there is much to do. Working together we can accomplish a lot. And, as we move forward addressing all the disparities in care, we know one thing is for sure – we are one community with one purpose – to thrive. For the complete CHNA visit CarsonTahoe.com/CHNA.