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About - Community Needs Assessment at Griffin Hospital

Community Health Needs Assessment

The Affordable Care Act requires non-profit hospitals to perform a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years and to adopt an implementation strategy to meet outstanding community health needs identified in the assessment as a condition of maintaining the institution’s federal tax exemption. Griffin Hospital’s 2013 CHNA was shared with the Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD)for use in preparing its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

In 2016, Griffin once again collaborated with the NVHD, along with the Valley Community Foundation, and numerous local community health and human service organizations to conduct and publish its CHNA, which was part of the 2019 Valley Community Index. This document, created in partnership with DataHaven, is the first single-source report of its kind that provides the hospital's Lower Naugatuck Valley service area with timely, comprehensive socioeconomic, education, health, and well-being data shaping our region.

Griffin Hospital's 2019-2021 CHIP, which features seven focus areas derived from health needs identified in the CHNA, was once again shared with the NVHD. The two organizations co-hosted the first of what will become annual CHIP updates on December 4, 2017.