Assessment provides strategic direction to help support the wellbeing of all in the communities we serve
In an effort to meet the challenges of public health head-on in the Philadelphia region and beyond, Main Line Health released their 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), focused on the communities cared for by the system’s four acute care hospitals (Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, and Riddle Hospital) as well as Main Line Health’s joint-venture hospital, Physicians Care Specialty Hospital. An additional CHNA focuses on the communities surrounding Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. The information provided by community members and leaders helped develop 11 overall priorities for Main Line Health to focus on over the next three years, including the establishment of Main Line Health’s Community Health & Equity department, which is focused on addressing and eliminating disparities of care in the community.
“The Community Health Needs Assessment gives us valuable insight that can help us to further our mission of optimizing the health of all in our communities,” says Carolyn Gorman, senior vice president of Strategy, Business Development, Communications and Marketing, Main Line Health. “Specific initiatives have been developed that will have a direct impact on and will support the long-term health and well-being of individual patients, families and communities in our region.”
“The Community Health & Equity department has a strong focus on cultivating strategic partnerships in our community that can help to advance the health and wellbeing of all,” says Chinwe Onyekere, system director of Community Health & Equity, Main Line Health. “We are using the CHNA as a foundation to guide the focus of our work, and we will be work with Main Line Health’s Center for Population Health Research to create measurable targets and data collection processes so that we can better understand our impact in the communities.”
As part of the CHNA, Main Line Health’s Center for Population Health Research and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), a regional public health institute, conducted a series of focus groups and surveys to understand the health needs of the community served by the system’s hospitals, health centers and provider practices. Focus groups were conducted with patients, employees, physicians, community members, business and government leaders, and social services organizations, to learn their perspective on what Main Line Health should focus on to improve the health of those in the community. A variety of quantitative datasets, such as PHMC’s 2018 Household Health Survey, U.S. Census demographic data, and Healthy People 2020 benchmarks were also analyzed to help identify top community needs and develop targeted priorities to address those needs.
The Community Health & Equity department will advance Main Line Health’s efforts over the past six years to create a culture of Diversity, Respect & Inclusion—both within the organization and out in the community. Since the launch of the Diversity, Respect & Inclusion initiative, Main Line Health has established several partnerships and programs to address and eliminate disparities of care, including the Healthcare Disparities Colloquium, Together for West Philadelphia, the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, LGBTQ Inclusive Care, Philly Food Bucks, and more.