The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires all nonprofit hospitals to conduct a health needs assessment of their communities and develop an implementation plan. Atlantic Health System completed its first community health needs assessment in 2013 and plans to develop these assessments every three years.
Atlantic Health System works with the North Jersey Health Collaborative – a consortium of more than 20 organizations in health care, public health, social service and business – to conduct ongoing assessments of community health needs and a health improvement plan for our region. See data from the North Jersey Health Collaborative via a dashboard on a variety of community health indicators >
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Summary Reports
In 2013, Atlantic Health System partnered with other NJ hospitals to assess the health care needs of their respective communities. Using best practices, our hospitals, including Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center, surveyed, interviewed and met with community representatives regarding pressing health matters, including chronic illnesses and issues affecting minorities. The results identified behavioral health, healthy behaviors and access to care as areas of high priority. In response, Atlantic Health System hospitals have developed action plans to address these needs.
A detailed summary of the process is outlined in the individual reports for each of our hospitals:
2015 Update – What Have We Done So Far?
Share Your Feedback
We want to hear what you think. Please email us your comments about our 2013 community health needs assessment and implementation plans. This information will help us shape future assessments and learn more about the communities we serve.