Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

In collaboration with the Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership, the Greater Waterbury Health Network led a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to evaluate the health needs of individuals living in and around Waterbury, Connecticut beginning in 2016.

The partnership consists of Waterbury Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital, the Waterbury Department of Public Health, the City of Waterbury, the StayWell Health Center, the Connecticut Community Foundation, the United Way, and other community partners. The purpose of the assessment was to gather information about local health needs and health behaviors. The assessment examined a variety of indicators including risky health behaviors (alcohol use, tobacco use) and chronic health conditions (diabetes, heart disease).

The completion of the CHNA enabled the Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership to take an in-depth look at its greater community. The findings from the assessment were utilized by the partnership to prioritize public health issues and develop a community health implementation plan focused on meeting community needs. The Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership is committed to the people it serves and the communities where they reside. Healthy communities lead to lower healthcare costs, robust community partnerships, and an overall enhanced quality of life. This Community Health Needs Assessment serves as a compilation of the overall findings of each research component.

CHNA Data Components

  • DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey (2015)
  • Healthy People 2020 Report (2014)
  • The ALICE study of Financial Hardship Updated Report (2016)
  • US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    • County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (2016)
  • Waterbury Hospital Community Health Profile (2014)
  • Hospital Implementation Plan (2013)

Prioritized Health Issues
Based on the feedback from community partners including healthcare providers, public health experts, health and human service agencies, and other community representatives, the Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership plans to focus community health improvement efforts on the following health priorities over the next three-years, 2017-2019:

  • Access to Care — including Mental Health/Substance Abuse
  • Healthy Lifestyle — including Obesity and Tobacco Use
  • Asthma
  • Health Communications