Improving Community Health

Hospitals have long been places people go when they are ill, going to have a baby, or to get a test.   

Not-for-profit hospitals, in order to keep that IRS status, have been required for the past few years to file a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years, along with a plan to address health needs, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. 

In the near future these hospitals will not only have to file the CHNA and the implementation plan, but also show evidence that health issues are being controlled and declining.  That means, for example, that the hospital, working with organizations in the community, will need to show that the percentage of obese people in the community is declining.  Today, the percentage of obese people is increasing across the country.  

Obesity has been accepted as "normal" in the United States.  Some cities, such as Philadelphia, are taxing soft drinks based on sugar content.  

What can communities do to improve the health of its people?  Write us, give us your view.