As Miami-Dade County experiences unprecedented growth, Jackson Health System’s goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and a growing population while staying true to its mission: to provide world-class care to all residents of Miami-Dade County, regardless of status or circumstance. Identifying any critical gaps in healthcare access – and working to close them – is a crucial part of fulfilling that mission.
As the largest public health institution in the region, we here at Jackson joined in a nationwide effort to document the greatest healthcare needs facing communities across America. Jackson partnered with the Health Council of South Florida to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment.
The results of this assessment are detailed in this report and have been incorporated into an implementation plan. We look forward to working with all stakeholders in our community to build a happier and healthier Miami-Dade County.
On July 7, 2011, the IRS issued guidance for hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA), a requirement set forth under Section 501 r(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) for hospitals that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501c(3). The requirements are detailed in IRS Notice 2011-52 and can be viewed here.
In brief, tax-exempt hospitals must complete an assessment once every three years, make it widely available to the public, and develop an implementation strategy that meets the community health needs identified through the assessment. The implementation plan must be approved by an authorized governing body of the hospital organization, such as the board of trustees, as described in Section 3.09 of IRS Notice 2011-52.
In order to serve its mission to improve the health of Miami-Dade County residents, Jackson Health System (JHS) partnered with the Health Council of South Florida to conduct a CHNA. This report, which will help guide the strategic planning for Jackson Health System, was completed using the most current demographic data, in-depth interviews with JHS leadership, and feedback gathered from over 1,000 surveys of community stakeholders and residents.
The objectives of the Jackson Health System Community Health Needs Assessment were to;
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of healthcare needs and gaps in care for residents of Miami-Dade County.
- Identify a set of priority health needs for follow-up.
- Build strategies that will aid Jackson Health System with addressing priority areas and creating an implementation plan to carry out these strategies.
- Provide public access to the CHNA data for other stakeholders interested in using it.
The implementation plan created by Jackson Health System addresses the needs identified in the CHNA and was formally recognized by the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees on June 29, 2015. To view the plan, please click here.
The results of this assessment are detailed in the 2015 CHNA report and have been incorporated into an implementation plan. We look forward to working with all stakeholders in our community to build a happier and healthier Miami-Dade County.