Building a Better Community

Building a Better Community

We care about the community we serve.  A Community Health Needs Assessment is one way to better understand the health issues that affect people living in the community.

The SCCA 2012-2015 CHNA focused on the impact of cancer in Washington State. To conduct our assessment, we worked with the King County Community Health Needs Assessment Collaborative, the Washington State Hospital Association, and the American Cancer Society.

Along with collecting factual data—such as the top newly diagnosed cancers and leading causes of cancer deaths in Washington—we surveyed community members and asked our patient advisory panel for input on questions related to cancer prevention and treatment—such as “What do you think are the most critical cancer health care issues in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties?”

Based on the findings, our implementation strategy targets:

  • Tobacco cessation education
  • Lung cancer screening and early detection
  • Breast cancer screening and early detection
  • Colorectal cancer prevention, screening, and treatment
  • Enhanced outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community

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The Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospital organizations to conduct a CHNA at least every three years, to report their findings within one year of the assessment, and to adopt a plan of action, called an implementation strategy, to address the needs they identify.