Root Cause Analysis

Young tree with deep roots underground

You’ve just received the final version of your PRC Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), but where do you go from here? IRS requirements state that, in addition to conducting a needs assessment, hospitals must identify and prioritize health needs, and subsequently provide a written implementation strategy. An important part of the PRC CHNA is that it provides you with a list of identified community health needs—”areas of opportunity”—to help narrow the focus. Those areas are identified based on the data revealed through the assessment. This short list helps organizations begin to prioritize the health issues that should be addressed.