The Intersection of Healthcare and Community Design

AIA Philadelphia


Thursday, October 29, 2015
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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The Affordable Care Act requires that nonprofit hospitals conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) every three years to evaluate unmet needs in their surrounding communities and develop Implementation Plans for addressing those needs. This provides an opportunity for community engagement to ensure that the health needs addressed are not just those occurring on the hospital campus, but also those in the community that affect well-being and quality. Alongside traditional “healthcare” interventions such as cancer screening and diabetes prevention, hospitals can look to address social determinants of health, community building, community design and the built environment – things that while not medical conditions can have a large impact on the health outcomes of a community. The first round of CHNAs began in 2012, meaning that in 2015 many nonprofit hospitals will once again begin the processes. This provides an opportunity for CDCs to engage with their local health partners to ensure that the result matches the needs and values of the community. Hear first-hand from practitioners in healthcare and community development about the opportunities presented and what they did to build strong collaborations that transform communities