2014-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan
Adventist Medical Center (AMC) is a member of the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborate (HCWC). The Needs Assessment that was developed by the HCWC is substantial and meets the Federal requirements required. The decision was made by the AMC Community Benefit Committee to supplement the work completed with the Collaborate with a Community Health Needs Assessment of a more narrowly defined area. Using our hospital's patients to determine a community area that would direct hospital resources to be used to address the community needs identified by this needs assessment.
On behalf of the Adventist Medical Center (AMC), the Community Benefit Committee conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to distinguish the unmet medical and public health needs within the greater East Multnomah County area. The study has two objectives. One objective was to meet state and federal requirement that the hospital conduct a comprehensive community health needs assessment every three years. The second, ultimately more important objective was to conduct a study that would provide a guide for AMC to build a consensus on the area's health care needs and provide a basis for the implementation plan to best direct our resources to improve the health of the area's residents.
Download the 2014 Adventist Health Needs Assessment (4.1 MB PDF)
Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative
The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative is a partnership aimed to improve the health of our community. This partnership has contracted with Healthy Communities Institute to offer web-based information on community health with the goal of conducting a comprehensive community health needs assessment.
In 2010, local health care and public health leaders in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington began to discuss the upcoming need for several community health assessments and health improvement plans within the region in response to the Affordable Care Act and Public Health Accreditation1. They recognized these requirements as an opportunity to align the efforts of hospitals, public health and the residents of the communities they serve in an effort to develop an accessible, real-time assessment of community health across the four-county region. By working together, they would facilitate the prioritization of community health needs, enable joint efforts for implementing and tracking improvement activities, and improve the health of the community.
You can learn more about the partnership and the needs assessment at www.healthycolumbiawillamette.org.