Local Health Department and Hospital Collaboration around Community Health Needs Assessment to Improve Health Outcomes


The objectives of this study were to examine the relationships between local health department (LHD) and nonprofit hospital collaboration around community health needs assessment (CHNA), levels of collaboration, and selected community health outcomes. Data were obtained from multiple sources including the National Profile of Local Health Departments. Results showed that high levels of LHD-hospital collaboration around CHNA were associated with lower self-reported poor or fair health, lower years of potential life lost per 100 000 population, and lower premature age-adjusted mortality per 100 000 population. More research is needed to examine the influence of collaboration around CHNA on community health.

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Family and Community Health