The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 introduced a number of requirements for charitable hospitals to fulfill in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. Section 501(r)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code stipulates that nonprofit hospital organizations must explicitly and publicly demonstrate community benefit by conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) at least once every three years and by adopting an implementation strategy to meet the identified community heath needs.


Habitat Health Impact Consulting offers a comprehensive suite of services and flexible approach catered to your organization’s needs for CHNA. Drawing on our expertise in epidemiology, clinical medicine and public health science, we will work collaboratively with your organization to provide any or all of the following services:

  • Scope. Determine the purpose and scope of your assessment, including identification of the geographic area, the priority population, and the range of health issues to include.
  • Analyze. Collect, analyze and interpret secondary public health data that is robust and meaningful to your community and your organization.
  • Engage. Develop methods for obtaining, analyzing and interpreting appropriate qualitative and quantitative community and public health input, including surveys, key informant interviews, focus groups and forums.
  • Identify. Analyze the data to understand causal factors and identify significant community health needs based on an appreciation of what “significant” means for your organization and community.
  • Prioritize. Establish criteria for prioritizing significant health needs, and identify and validate such needs through a process that is transparent and inclusive.
  • Communicate. Create a communicative, concise and visually appealing report that is easily understood by all stakeholders, meets all regulatory requirements, and is ready to launch on your website.