Published on March 07, 2013

Jacksonville Metropolitan Community Benefit Partnership Releases Assessment

Florida Doctor Magazine | March 2013

Jacksonville Metropolitan Community Benefit Partnership, under the leadership and management of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, has released the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment for the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The leaders from Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, the Clay County Health Department, the Duval County Health Department, Mayo Clinic, the Nassau County Health Department, the Putnam County Health Department, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Wolfson Children’s Hospital formed the Jacksonville Metropolitan Community Benefit Partnership (The Partnership) and conducted the first-ever multihospital system and public health sector collaborative community health needs assessment to satisfy the new ACA requirement.Non-profit hospitals must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years.

In addition to satisfying the ACA’s regulatory requirements, the community health needs assessment represents an unprecedented effort and key opportunity to bring together hospital data, population health, health-related quality of life indicators and community member input to provide a more detailed and complete profile of community health needs.The Partnership’s long-term goal is to achieve regional collaboration that will serve as an opportunity for optimal leverage of resources, setting (and managing) regional health priorities and developing regional collective impact strategies among all health-related stakeholders.

“The Partnership is a great example of what can be accomplished when the healthcare sector commits to leveraging their assets, identifying priorities together and developing collective impact strategies to improve health outcomes. Conducting this assessment using a collaborative model also saved the hospitals over $500,000 in total expenses because of the economies of scale,” says Dawn Emerick, CEO of the Health Planning Council.

 

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