Assessing Community Needs

Scripps Health Triennial Community Health Needs Assessment Report (2016)

Hospitals and health care systems in San Diego County have a long history of responding to health needs in the communities they serve. This commitment extends beyond traditional hospital care to community health programs that provide services to the region’s most vulnerable populations.


Community health programs are created based on a triennial (every three years) assessment of health needs identified through hospital data, community input, and major trends (national, state and local statistics). Previous collaborations among not-for-profit hospitals and other community partners have resulted in numerous well-regarded Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) reports.

Health assessment data collection

Seven hospitals and healthcare systems came together under the auspices of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASD&IC) to conduct a triennial CHNA that identifies and prioritizes the most critical health-related needs of San Diego County residents.


Upon completion of the HASD&IC 2016 CHNA process, the Institute for Public Health at San Diego State University (IPH) employed a rigorous methodology using both community input (primary data sources) and quantitative analysis (secondary data sources) to identify and prioritize the top health conditions in San Diego County.

Report findings

The Scripps Health 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Report (PDF, 23 MB) provides in-depth information and data which allows Scripps Health to use the findings to guide their community programs and to meet the IRS regulatory requirements that not-for-profit (tax exempt) hospitals conduct a health needs assessment once every three years.

Implementation plans

With the CHNA complete and health priority areas identified, Scripps Health has developed a system-wide corresponding Scripps Health Implementation Plan for fiscal years FY17 - FY19 (PDF, 3 MB). The Implementation Plan translates the research and analysis presented in the assessment into actual, measurable strategies and objectives that can be carried out to improve community health outcomes.

Previous CHNA report findings and implementation plans