Centra Health starts tri-annual work on Community Health Needs Assessment

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Centra Health is required to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for the communities it serves every three years.

A part of this assessment, the healthcare system says, involves surveying the general population within those communities and analyzing the data to identify health disparities and determine how to best serve those communities.

“This work has become so essential to Centra that it is part of our Just Cause, ‘partnering with people to live their best lives,'” Centra Health said in a statement on Friday, April 23.

The Centra grants and sponsorships are linked to CHNA priority areas as well, Centra Health says.

In addition, this work reportedly elevates the community’s voice and supports Centra’s community partners by providing real time insight and data to address identified needs and community engagement.

According to health officials, this work provides insight for Centra to help develop healthier communities; guides Centra and its community partners as they develop strategic plans to address identified needs; and informs how Centra invests its funds and resources back into the community to address those identified needs.

Centra is asking community members to share their thoughts by completing the survey online by June 15.

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