What is a community benefit?
Community benefit describes Parkview programs or activities that provide treatment or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. Community benefit is also the term used as the basis of our tax-exempt, not-for-profit status.
A community benefit must respond to an identified community need and meet at least one of the following criteria:
Improve access to healthcare services
Enhance health of the community
Advance medical or health knowledge
Relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts
Community benefit activities may include:
Community health improvement services
Health professions education
Subsidized health services
Cash and in-kind contributions
Community benefit operations
What is a community health needs assessment?
Every few years, Parkview Health sponsors a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify health needs within northeast Indiana, particularly the five counties in which Parkview-affiliated hospitals exist. As a not-for-profit, community-owned health system, the assessment provides a valuable tool in Parkview’s strategic planning process and in the development of our community benefit plan. Each time we monitor our community’s health needs, we identify opportunities and prioritize our efforts to impact the health of our community friends and neighbors.
This data is shared with community organizations and leaders to assist in their planning and to encourage opportunities for collaboration.
View results of the 2007 health needs assessment.
View results of the 2012 health needs assessment.
The most recent assessment was taken on in conjunction with Allen County-Fort Wayne Health Department. IPFW’s Social Research Department and Purdue’s Healthcare Advisors were engaged to collect and analyze the survey data.
Current community health priorities for Parkview-affiliated hospitals include:
What is an implementation strategy?
An implementation strategy serves as an in-depth plan for each hospital to address health needs identified through the community health needs assessment and other resources. It includes goals, objectives and action plans designed to improve the health of the local community.
The development of an implementation strategy is currently underway in Allen, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties.
The implementation strategy will serve as the community health improvement plan for each hospital to address health needs identified through the community health needs assessment and other resources.
Look for an online community health improvement plan here soon.