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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 2022 shared this comprehensive document about the Valley region to many community members in November 2022.This document is used to prepare the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) which focuses on specific priority areas related improving the health of our community.

In 2022, 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 2022 Valley Community Index. This document, created in partnership with DataHaven, provides the hospital’s Lower Naugatuck Valley service area with timely, comprehensive socioeconomic, education, health, and well-being data shaping our region. This valuable assessment tool provided valuable insights that lead to the development of the 22-24 Naugatuck Valley Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which features focus areas derived from health needs identified in the CHNA.