The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Project Team recently sent an email update to supporters to talk about their work in July and what is coming up for the future.

According to the Team, July was a month spent conducting 11 focus groups in the region, each with residents in communities experiencing health disparities that reportedly spoke for hours about needs in their communities and health disparities they experience and observe. This series of focus groups concludes the Team’s gathering of data from Sacramento County, and they will now turn to El Dorado, Amador, Nevada, Yolo and Placer.

The Team has also been collecting data for Sacramento County through partners in the region. This data includes demographics, mortality, morbidity, health behaviors, environmental factors that impact health, and health assets. The Team hopes to use this information in a variety of ways, such as the, where community members can see where their neighborhood ranks in terms of community “walk scores.”

The Team plans to have the first drafts of their final reports for the Healthy Sacramento Coalition in the beginning of October.

The CHNA is an in-depth study of the greater Sacramento region that identifies health priorities, health disparities and barriers to health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. The CHNA is being conducted by Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Marshall Medical Center, Sutter Health, and UC Davis Health System.

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