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Community Health Needs Assessment

Federal health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted in March 2010, contained a requirement on tax-exempt hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments and to implement strategies that address the findings in the assessment. In Franklin County, the effort has grown into a multi-stakeholder collaborative, whereby a broad range of local organizations worked together to identify, collect and analyze the health indicators contained in the report.

In early 2011, the COHC Board of Directors agreed that a single needs assessment, conducted by the four local hospital systems (Mount Carmel Health System, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, and OSU Wexner Medical Center), would be more efficient and serve the community better than four separate assessments. Through the COHC, the four hospital systems reached out to other community partners to develop the assessment, which identifies the health care needs and priorities of Franklin County residents through the collection and analyses of data obtained from multiple sources.  Partners joining the effort and forming the Franklin County Community Health Needs Assessment Steering Committee are: Columbus Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, United Way of Central Ohio, PrimaryOne Health, OSU College of Public Health, Central Ohio Trauma System, Healthcare for the Homeless, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Disability and Health Program, Ohio Department of Aging, and Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.  

For Franklin County HealthMap2016, the representatives from the four hospitals systems along with the community partners, analyzed numerous data sets and considered socio-economic determinants, to identify the following health needs of Franklin County residents in prioritized order:

  • Obesity

  • Infant Mortality

  • Access to Care

  • Mental Health and Addiction

  • Chronic Conditions

  • Infectious Diseases

Consistent with federal requirements, each contributing hospital uses the identified and prioritized community health needs as a guide to develop individual implementation strategies, written plans that address each health need. The implementation strategies must include description on how each facility plans to meet the health need, or identify those the hospital will not meet and explain why.

Franklin County HealthMap2016

Franklin County HealthMap2013


The assessment tool will be updated every three years and used by local providers to help determine future health investments, activities and priorities for the central Ohio community.

Individual comments and feedback on the HealthMap are invited, as the Franklin County Needs Assessment Steering Committee works to improve the information contained in this report. Provide feedback by clicking here.

The Franklin County Community Health Needs Assessment Steering Committee is currently working on HealthMap 2019.

Committee Resources:
1.23.18 Steering Committee Meeting Presentation
Franklin County Public Health - Public Health Assessment and Wellness


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