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2019 Executive Summary

2019 Executive Summary

East Tennessee Children's Hospital Scripps Network TowerAt East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, children are our only concern. We are dedicated to improving the health of children through exceptional and comprehensive family-centered care, promotion of wellness, and education. That mission extends beyond our campus, and into the community we serve.

Community assessment is the foundation for improving and promoting the health of community members. This Community Health Needs Assessment, in compliance with the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, provides our organization with the information we need to guide the strategic decision-making. The data collected in this report allows East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to help shape the health and well-being of our community.

Beginning in early 2018 through spring 2019, key stakeholders at Children’s Hospital began conducting interviews, distributing surveys, and collecting data from state and county-specific organizations. After careful evaluation of all primary and secondary data, three health priorities were identified as being a top concern for our area:

  • childhood obesity
  • mental and emotional health
  • substance abuse

The remainder of this assessment is dedicated to reviewing the outcomes of the 2016 implementation strategy, identifying our service area, reviewing demographic data through primary and secondary resources, explaining our process and methods for the assessment, identifying the health needs selected as priorities, evaluating current resources, identifying our implementation strategy and reporting on community needs not addressed and why.

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