Healthy communities are strong communities, and hospitals and community health organizations play a leadership role in promoting and developing a healthier Georgia.
At the Fanning Institute, we assist those efforts through a variety of services and by working in partnership with the UGA College of Public Health. Whether it helping hospitals or organizations assess community needs, plan for the future, or build their leadership capabilities, our faculty and staff can assist organizations of all sizes.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), nonprofit hospitals are required to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments every three years to submit to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In addition to the assessment, an Implementation Strategy is required, detailing the hospital’s plan to address the identified health needs. These Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), produced to satisfy the requirements of Section 501(r) of the IRS code for nonprofit hospitals, are a unique and robust expertise of the Fanning Institute and the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Leveraging the quantitative and qualitative research skills of public health faculty in conjunction with our expertise in facilitation and strategic planning, the CHNAs we partner to produce for community hospitals serve to satisfy the federal government requirements and provide a roadmap for hospitals to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations in their communities.”