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CHNA Survey a Chance to Hear from Community about Health Needs

Hospitals and health systems in San Diego and Imperial counties engage in collaborative efforts to identify the most important health needs in their communities. Incorporating feedback from community members and the providers who care for them is essential to identifying the top health needs and understanding the social drivers that impact them.

With this in mind, we want to share some new steps we are taking to better incorporate feedback from our community into the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Under the guidance of the CHNA Advisory Workgroup, we designed a survey for community members that asks them to share their views on health, what makes being healthy difficult, and what gives them hope.

In focus groups and interviews conducted throughout fall and winter 2021, we consistently heard about the importance of engaging people in their preferred languages. In response, we are making the 2022 CHNA survey available in five additional languages — Arabic, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

These are just the first steps toward creating new and improved opportunities for our community to share their experiences and make their voices heard. We still need your help to connect with communities across San Diego County. Please consider promoting the survey through your organization’s communication venues, including newsletters, public distribution lists, social media, employee distribution lists, etc. To assist members, HASD&IC has created a social media toolkit, with text and images.