A provision of the Affordable Care Act requires that not-for-profit hospitals conduct and publish a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) once every three years, and adopt an Implementation Plan designed to address the most significant health needs of the community. To complete the CHNA and produce the most effective assessment possible, Winthrop, in addition to all of the hospitals across Long Island, participated in the joint assessment that was led by the Long Island Population Health Program.
More than 2,000 community members across Nassau County participated by filling in an individual health survey, and representatives from 45 community-based organizations provided input. The assessment revealed that obesity and the prevention and management of chronic disease are the main priorities in our community. The management of mental health issues also stood out as a concern among our Long Island neighbors.
According to the CDC, one in every two adult American suffers from a chronic disease and seven in ten die from one. But chronic diseases are often preventable by choosing a healthy lifestyle. These issues will be addressed through education and public awareness not only by Winthrop, but also with other committed members of the Long Island healthcare community. In fact, public awareness is also being raised through the efforts of the Long Island Health Collaborative – a group of approximately 100 organizations across long Island who are committed to improving the health of the community. Winthrop is a founding member of this organization.
To read Winthrop's CHNA, which summarizes the assessment and lists other significant needs as well as the Hospital's Implementation Plan, please visit: https://www.winthrop.org/community-health-needs-assessment.
We value your opinions and questions. Written comments on the assessment and wellness initiatives are welcome and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Winthrop-University Hospital, Public Affairs, 200 Old County Road, Suite 250, Mineola, NY 11501.