Regional Community Health Needs Assessment (rCHNA)

The Challenge

Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), non-profit hospitals are required to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation plan to inform their community benefit and community building activities every three years. This assessment is an important opportunity to hear directly from community residents and community organizations. In southeastern Pennsylvania, many different health systems frequently assessing communities have the potential to increase community burden and fatigue.

What We Do

Our Solution

HCIF coordinates the regional, collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment (rCHNA) on behalf of nine area health systems. The rCHNA assesses population health and social needs indicators for geographic communities, and engages community voices in one streamlined process to gain their perspective on community assets, needs, and proposed solutions.

Our Values & Vision

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  • Collaboration drives shared understanding of shared communities and reduces community burden.
  • The rCHNA is an ongoing process of learning, implementation, and community partnership. Its purpose goes beyond meeting federal requirements.
  • We pursue authentic community engagement at all phases, involving grassroots community members and community-serving organizations.
  • We use a broad-based, long-term lens of community health and social needs.
  • We trust community members and partners to identify strengths and solutions, which are reflected in the assessment.

2022 Priority Health & Social Needs

Health Issues

  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Management
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Substances Use & Related Disorders

Access and Quality of Healthcare & Health Resources

  • Access to Care (Primary and Secondary)
  • Food Access
  • Healthcare and Health Resoures Navigation (Including Transportation)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
  • Racism and Discrimination in Health Care

Community Factors

  • Housing
  • Neighborhood Conditions (e.g. Blight, Greenspace, Air and Water Quality, etc.)
  • Community Violence
  • Socioeconomic Disadvantage (e.g. Poverty, Unemployment)



Name Description Format
Community Health Needs Assessment 2022 PDF Complete Needs Assessment.
2022 rCHNA – Executive Summary PDF Executive Summary.
2022 rCHNA – Background PDF Introduction, Health System Profiles, Partner Organization Profiles, Methods, Service Area Map.
2022 rCHNA – Bucks County PDF Qualitative and Quantitative Data for Bucks County.
2022 rCHNA – Chester County PDF Qualitative and Quantitative Data for Chester County.
2022 rCHNA – Delaware County PDF Qualitative and Quantitative Data for Delaware County.
2022 rCHNA – Montgomery County PDF Qualitative and Quantitative Data for Montgomery County.
2022 rCHNA – Philadelphia County PDF Qualitative and Quantitative Data for Philadelphia County.
2022 rCHNA – COVID-19 Pandemic PDF Overview of Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic.
2022 rCHNA – Spotlight Topics PDF Summaries of Spotlight Topic Focus Group Discussions.
2022 rCHNA – Focus Areas, Health Needs, & Resources PDF Focus Areas, Community Health Needs Prioritization, Resources.
2022 rCHNA – Appendix: Community Conversation Summaries zip Summaries of 26 focus group-style community conversations by individual geographic community.
2022 rCHNA – Appendix: Community Resource Listing xlsx Information about community resources in all five counties.
2022 rCHNA – Appendix: Data Collection Tools zip Instruments used to collect primary qualitative data.
2022 rCHNA – Appendix: Quantitative Data xlsx Quantitative indicators at county, geographic community, and ZIP code levels.

Program Details

For more information or to get involved, contact Kelsey Salazar, Director, at

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