Community Needs Assessment

Swedish has a long history of working collaboratively with other local health organizations and community partners to assess and address community needs through programs and activities that provide treatment and promote health and healing.

The Swedish Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was first developed in 2006 as a tool to manage the resources of Swedish in accordance with our mission, while meeting the specific health needs of our communities. In 2012, each Swedish campus customized the assessment to meet the needs of its respective community, and in 2015 the Swedish Cancer Institute developed a CHNA to reflect the needs of the cancer community. Each Swedish campus and SCI assessments and the can be found here.

Each assessment is shaped by geography, demographics, environmental exposure, health-related issues and socioeconomic factors. These reports are formed by an inventory of existing services, Seattle and King County Public Health Assessments, and a survey of community health indicators, measuring levels of chronic disease, behavioral health and mental illness, maternal child health, physical harm and more. We’ve developed a plan to prioritize needs based upon the results, and we’re diligent about monitoring and evaluating the plan regularly.

The merging of community need with Swedish’s strategic business, financial and clinical goals supports best practices in our decision making process.

Review the 2013-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategies ›