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To Our Communities:
Swedish is proud to be our community's health care partner, caring for all who walk through our doors. We know access to quality education, employment, housing and health care factor into a person's overall health and well being.
As an extension of our strategic planning process, every three years we participate in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) survey. This assessment helps identify the greatest needs of those we serve. With this information, we can better focus on strategies to address them through our own programs and services, as well as in partnership with other like-minded organizations with our community benefit investments.
As outlined in our 2021 report, the following social determinants of health emerged across the communities of all Swedish locations during the assessment process: behavioral health challenges (including mental health and substance use), health care access, racism and discrimination and housing instability and homelessness. With this understanding, we will develop a community health improvement plan (CHIP) to specifically address many of these barriers to improving health. The CHIP will outline a process of strengthening our existing programs, considering new programs that will make a greater impact and partnering with other organizations and providers to collaborate on solutions.
This ensures Swedish is centered on the critical need of the communities in King and Snohomish counties. With implementation of our strategies, our patients and communities can take comfort in knowing we always work toward making our community a healthier place.