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Community Health Needs Assessment

Helping to achieve a healthier community

It is with great pleasure that we present the results of our 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. The document is the result of a robust process that included surveys, public health data, listening sessions and interviews with many community members. In 2022, a collaborative group, including Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH), Providence Seaside Hospital (PSH), the Clatsop County Health Department, the Columbia County Health Department, and the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), or North Coast Service Area Collaborative Partners, came together to complete one CHNA for the region.

We are proud of our work together, and prouder still to serve you. Through listening and partnership, the North Coast Service Area Collaborative Partners will use this assessment as the basis for our community benefit activities and community health improvement plan (CHIP) over the next three years to address the key areas of identified need. The CHIP is forthcoming by May of 2023.

What is a Community Health Needs Assessment?

As a tax-exempt hospital, Columbia Memorial Hospital is required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to conduct what is called a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This is a study that collects information to help us, and our community health partners, better understand the most common and challenging health issues in our region and work together on a plan that best addresses the findings and achieves the goal of becoming a healthier community.

Read the most recent CHNA. This document informs our decisions when creating our strategic plan and community benefits plan. The CHNA is conducted not only to fulfill the requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (H.R.3590) for nonprofit hospitals, but also in response to the CMH mission "To provide excellence, leadership and compassion in the enhancement of health for those we serve."

Turning information into action

CMH cares for our community inside our walls and out in the community. As part of the CHIP, CMH will work to address key areas of identified need over the next three years. The CHIP is forthcoming by May of 2023.