Community Health Needs Assessment
In the spring and summer of 2012, St. Louis Children’s Hospital conducted a citywide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The assessment, partly conducted in collaboration with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, was designed to identify the most important pediatric health issues in the city of St. Louis, using scientifically valid health indicators and comparative information. An internal work group, consisting of hospital staff and medical personnel, guided this process for St. Louis Children's Hospital. They analyzed primary and secondary data to determine the highest health needs in the community.
Primary data collection included two external focus groups held with community members, including the city of St. Louis Health Department, and a survey to assess parents’ health concerns for their children and for children in the community. Secondary data included data available on Priorities Missouri Information for Community Assessment related to infants, children, and adolescents. In addition, secondary data included a modified Hanlon Method for diseases and risk factors.
In summary, an external focus group and an internal work group determined the top ten pediatric health needs in the community to be public safety, fitness, nutrition and weight, asthma, maternal and child health, mental health, social determinants of health, behavioral health, dental health, infectious disease, and health literacy.