Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has conducted a community health needs assessment of the area that we serve. The assessment provides us with a picture of the health status of the residents in our communities and provides us with information about health and health-related problems that impact health status.
Our assessment includes a review of population characteristics such as age, educational level, and racial and ethnic composition because these factors can impact health. The assessment also looks at risk factors like obesity and smoking and health indicators such as infant mortality and preventable hospitalizations. Community input is important so the assessment also includes survey results from local health departments, the school system, social services, community health centers, free clinics, local governments, and many others. This information has been brought together in a community health needs assessment.
The needs assessment identifies numerous health issues that our communities face. While there are many important health matters, we are focusing our efforts on the health issues listed below. Considering factors such as size and scope of the health problem, the intensity and severity of the issue, the potential to effectively address the problem and the availability of community resources, and the Sentara mission “to improve health every day,” we have identified these priority health problems in our area:
Behavioral health/depression/substance abuse
The community health needs assessment was used as the foundation for a hospital implementation strategy to address these priority needs. The assessment and implementation strategy have been adopted by the hospital’s governing body. A number of resources are available in the community to address these needs through community partners such as the local health departments, United Way Agencies, and others. Information about these resources is available from sources like 2-1-1 Virginia and Sentara.com. You can also browse through our Community Benefits Report. Together, we will work to improve the health of the communities we serve.
Your input is important to us so that we can incorporate your feedback into our assessments. You may use our online feedback form.