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Community Involvement

Hennepin Healthcare provides healthcare services to patients in our neighborhood clinics and medical center in downtown Minneapolis. But our connections to the community take us well beyond the walls of the hospital or clinics.

Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - Health Services Plan

What is it?

As part of the Affordable Care Act, all non-profit hospitals conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years to identify current and emerging top priority health needs in the communities they serve.  Hennepin Healthcare’s most recent CHNA was conducted in 2022 and involved reviewing existing Hennepin County and Census quantitative data and gathering qualitative input from a broad range of community leaders, front line workers, and members representing the diverse communities we serve. We used a structured prioritization process involving a diverse group of community participants to review and prioritize the findings. The resulting top priority health needs were:

  1. Access to health and safety as a human right.
  2. Comprehensive, equitable education.
  3. Advocacy and cultural sensitivity.

Two additional needs were identified as desired approached to meeting these needs:

  1. Partnership to promote healthy communities.
  2. Building mutual trust.

At the completion of the CHNA, hospitals create a 3-year implementation plan to address identified needs. We worked with internal and community stakeholders to create the 2023 – 2025 CHNA Implementation Plan – Health Services Plan.

The Health Services Plan (HSP) is a unique requirement to Hennepin Healthcare. We meet this requirement, as well as the CHNA requirement, through a unified assessment and implementation plan.

If you have comments or questions about this report, or if you would like to request a hard copy, please contact Laura Bohen.

Our progress

Closing the loop

The Hennepin Healthcare Foundation exists to guide and encourage the community to support the mission of Hennepin Healthcare to provide the best possible care to every patient, search for new ways to improve care, educate health care providers, and ensure access to healthcare for all. Generosity from the community removes barriers to healthcare access, offers aid and comfort to our patient population, ensures a stable, competent workforce and launches community health innovations. We look forward to helping you create an impact that is meaningful to you.