Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment reveals region’s top health needs

Cincinnati, Ohio: More than 600 healthcare consumers and nonprofit agencies across 23 counties in Greater Cincinnati have identified obesity, access to care, substance abuse, behavioral health, and tobacco use as the region’s top health priorities for 2016.

The identified priorities are the result of the region’s collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), in which The Health Collaborative, Hamilton County Public Health and City of Cincinnati Health Department joined together with twenty local hospitals to identify the community’s most pressing health needs.

This group invited people from the community who are medically underserved, as well as community organizations who serve these populations, to attend meetings and complete surveys to identify barriers to good health and potential resources in the community to leverage toward improvement.

The Health Collaborative produced the data collection portion of the CHNA, organizing data from a structured survey, the input from the non-profit agencies, and findings from health department interviews and surveys.  Additionally, The Health Collaborative worked with Xavier University health administration graduate students to produce an analysis of available secondary data at the state and county levels.

“Working together, we are able to bring the right partners to the table to produce one, cohesive community report that builds on shared data on our most pressing problems,” said Brammer. “This process lays the foundation for The Health Collaborative and its partners to catalyze community will around a unified plan to address these issues. This would not be possible if each organization was faced with conducting the assessment independently.”

Other key findings from the Needs Assessment:

  • For every 8-9 adults in the MSA, one adult had diabetes
  • Smoking rates were particularly high in Indiana and Kentucky counties
  • Other health issues where local counties exceeded national averages include:
    • Drug poisoning deaths (16 counties)
  • Heroin overdose deaths (12 counties)
  • Injury deaths (10 counties)
  • Lung cancer mortality (9 counties)
  • Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD) deaths (7 counties)
  • Diabetes (7 counties)
  • Mammography screening (6 counties)


2016 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Needs Assessment participants:


Adams County Hospital

The Christ Hospital Health Network

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Dearborn County Hospital

Lindner Center of Hope

Margaret Mary Health

Mercy Health

Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital

Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital

Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital

The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health

Mercy Health – West Hospital

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth

Premier Health: Atrium Medical Center


Bethesda North Hospital

Bethesda Butler Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital

TriHealth Evendale Hospital


Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

West Chester Hospital


City of Cincinnati Health Department

Hamilton County Health Department

Interact for Health

Xavier University / Department of Health Services Administration

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