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At Children's Hospital Colorado, we know that every child's well-being is deeply connected to the health and wellness of the community. We understand that we can't provide complete care for our children if we don't also understand and care for our local neighborhoods. We can't support thriving kids without nurturing thriving communities.
We also know that children have many influences in their lives and that every adult who comes into contact with a child has a unique perspective on what that child needs to thrive. To help us understand how to best serve our community, we've been hard at work this past year collecting public health and demographic data, interviewing public health experts and healthcare providers, conducting focus groups with caregivers and gathering input from hundreds of parents and caregivers through an online survey. This work culminated in a report called a Community Health Needs Assessment, or CHNA.
We're pleased to share our 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment, where we identify child health priorities in our community and a framework in which to guide our work. Thanks to this assessment, we now have better insight into the challenges facing children in our immediate community, across Colorado and in our seven-state region.
Through this process, our community helped us identify several priorities for child health:
If you have questions or feedback on the Community Health Needs Assessment, or if you have difficulty downloading the report, please contact Julie Beaubian, community health manager, at Julie.Beaubian@childrenscolorado.org or 720-777-8780.
In response to findings from Community Health Needs Assessments, Children's Colorado develops Community Health Action Plans defining how we will address these child health challenges over the next three years. The strategies and programs outlined in the action plan demonstrate our ongoing commitment to children, families, partnerships with local businesses, health organizations and our community.
We will release our next Community Health Action Plan in May 2019.
The Community Health Action Plan fulfills the Affordable Care Act requirement to develop a plan to meet the needs identified in our Community Health Needs Assessment.
We welcome your questions or feedback on the Community Health Action Plan or Evaluation Report. Please send your comments by email to Deb Federspiel, senior manager of community partnerships, at Deborah.Federspiel@childrenscolorado.org or by phone at 720-777-6770.
As a nonprofit pediatric hospital, our bottom line is kids. This means that any positive hospital revenue is reinvested into the health and well-being of children.
Putting that work into numbers isn't easy. However, in 2017, Children's Colorado reported more than $201 million in community benefit activities — that is, activities we conducted as a hospital that went beyond caring for patients and made an impact on our community at large. This includes everything from dental screening and immunization clinics for kids, to financial counseling and car seat education for parents.
These reports summarize Children's Colorado's past plans to sustain and develop new community benefit programs that address the prioritized needs that emerged from needs assessments and respond to other identified community health needs.