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Community Health Assessments

South Shore Hospital routinely assesses the health of the people of our region. 

Our annual community health assessment includes:

  • Analyzing and responding to health trends in our patient population.
  • Meeting with community leaders, including town and state officials, health and community service providers, EMS providers, police and fire officials, school administrators, and others who have knowledge of the community’s health needs.
  • Reviewing community health data from the Department of Public Health’s Massachusetts Community Health Information Profile, as well as from these resources:

    • American Hospital Association, a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.
    • Massachusetts Hospital Association, a voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprising hospitals and health systems, related organizations, and other members with a common interest in promoting the health of the people of the Commonwealth.
    • Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, an independent organization that provides information to support health policy development, technology planning and implementation, and improved decision making in the allocation and financing of health care.
    • Federal Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, a resource for health information concerning data and statistics, diseases and conditions, emergencies and disasters, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and populations, travelers’ health and workplace safety and health.
    • Trust For America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
    • Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.
    • Assessing future community need for health services by analyzing statistical models provided by such organizations as Truven Health Analytics, a national health care information company.

In addition to South Shore Hospital’s own community health assessments, our organization works in partnership with several community-based organizations to assess health needs and assets.  We collaborate with three Community Health Network Areas – the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance (CHNA 20), the
Greater Brockton Community Health Network Area (CHNA 22) and South Shore Community Partners in Prevention (CHNA 23) – to conduct and fund formal community health assessments.  The assessments involve collecting data to determine health care needs and assets in our community through processes that are open and inclusive. 

Results of recent community health assessment may be found here: 

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

Summary of Assessment Findings - 2016

The comprehensive findings from community health assessments are reviewed by volunteer leaders from each CHNA and South Shore Hospital’s Community Benefits Officer.  The CHNAs then develop and apply criteria to the comprehensive findings to select a short list of “Health Priorities for Action.”  Examples of the criteria used to establish health priorities include: (1) relevance to all CHNA communities, (2) size/magnitude of the problem, and (3) whether the CHNA can effect change. The chart on page 4 identifies the issues that each CHNA intends to address in the years ahead, by funding initiatives that promote systems changes that will have a positive, enduring and sustainable impact on these identified Health Priorities for Action. 


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