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2013 Community Health Needs Assessment

As a part of providing Community Benefit to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of the greater Houston area, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital is required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to identify the community’s health needs by conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to prioritize health issues, provide a foundation for the development of a community health improvement plan, and assist community organizations in their program planning. The CHNA was conducted between August 2012 to February 2013 with the overall goal of identifying the major healthcare needs, barriers to access, and health priorities for those living in the northeast Houston community. The analysis included a review of current health data, demographics and input from numerous community representatives.

During the assessment, the following six Health Priorities were identified for the northeast Houston community:

  • Education and prevention for diseases and chronic conditions
  • Address issues with service integration, such as coordination among providers and the fragmented continuum of care
  • Address barriers to primary care, such as affordability and shortage of providers
  • Address unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors
  • Address barriers to mental healthcare, such as access to services and shortage of providers
  • Decrease health disparities by targeting specific populations

The process culminated in the development of an Implementation Plan to address the significant needs identified through the CHNA. Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital will utilize the plan as a guide over the next three years to support the health of their community and advance the mission of the organization.

To Download the CHNA and Implementation Plan, click on the links below:

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital’s CHNA and community benefit Implementation Plan were reviewed and approved by the Community Relations Committee of the Health System Board in June 2013.

Data Sources and Methodology

Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Adolescent and School Health, “Youth Risk Behavior Survey – Houston and Texas 2011
F as in Fat Report, How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012
Harris County Hospital Emergency Department Use Study 2010
Health of Houston Survey: 2010 A First Look
Texas Department of State Health Services: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS); Center for Health Statistics 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Data Center Kids Count 2012-2013
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, A Healthier Nation, County by County 2012
The State of Health in Houston and Harris County 2012
Truven’s Market Expert – Demographic Expert 2012
United States Census Bureau 2011-2012
Memorial Hermann Community Needs Survey to 550 Health Organization Professionals and Qualitative Interviews with Community Health Leaders in the greater Houston area

We Welcome Your Feedback

If you have any feedback on the Community Health Needs Assessment and/or Implementation Plan, please send your comments to