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Community Health Needs Assessment

2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

CHNA Purpose

Community health needs are assessed every 3 years in an effort to accurately match care provided to the evolving needs of local residents. We work with other healthcare organizations in the county though The Ventura County Community Health Improvement Collaborative (VCCHIC) to review overall population health and develop priorities that will inform planning for building a healthier community.

The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted and published every three years or as per Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Center Compliance Manual, Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) requirements.

The full report includes a description of:

  • The community demographics and population served;
  • The process and methods used to obtain, analyze, and synthesize primary and secondary data;
  • The significant health needs in the community, taking into account the needs of uninsured, low-income, and marginalized groups;
  • The process and criteria used in identifying certain health needs as significant community needs.

VCCHIC works to develop implementation strategies, to be included in each member organization’s individual Community Health Implementation Strategies (IS), that align with CHNA identified health priorities and focus on achieving health equity. Together, these agencies will support health advocacy, education, prevention and partnerships that extend the care continuum for medically underserved and vulnerable populations.

Read the full 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and 2020-2022 Implementation Strategy.

The Community Memorial Board of Trustees established a Community Benefit committee to oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of ongoing community benefit activities and the CHNA. The Board approves the implementation strategy recommended by the committee. The documents listed above were approved by the Board of Trustees in fall 2022.

The 2019 CHNA and 2019 - 2022 Implementation Strategy were approved by the Board of Directors in 2019.

Ventura County Community Health Improvement Collaborative (VCCHIC)

VCCHIC is a formal, charter-bound partnership of seven health agencies that came together in June 2018 to participate in the development of a joint CHNA exercise and report. The agencies that constitute VCCHIC are given below:

  • Adventist Health Simi Valley
  • Camarillo Health Care District
  • Clinicas Del Camino Real, Inc.
  • Community Memorial Health System
  • Gold Coast Health Plan
  • St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Dignity Health
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency Community Health Center
  • Ventura County Public Health

The mission of VCCHIC is to build partnerships to improve population health outcomes in Ventura County. These partnerships are necessary to accomplish the shared vision of working collaboratively to develop strategies based upon the identified health priorities from the community health needs assessment. This will result in a collective approach to addressing population health and benefit the communities in which we serve.