UPMC identifies four of the most pressing health care needs


Across all regions of UPMC serBut four important needs in the field of health care were identified:

  • Behavioral health

  • Treatment of chronic diseases

  • Access to care and navigation

  • Prevention and healthy lifestyle in the community

Information from CHNAs Hellowwith to prioritize programs and services, because tthrough this process we can better understand needs of our communities and develop a road map to direct resources to where services are most needed where are ours influence would be the most profitable After all, our goal it’s just improve the health of the community,» said Mark Sevko, President at UPMC Hospital.

UPMC cooperates with experts from University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health for conducting the CNA. They combineview health care data analysis, examination socio-economic factors, and a structured community survey process that solicited feedback from almost 3000 community stakeholders, including individualwith and organizations that represent the interests of patients like that medically insufficiently provided, low-income, and minorities.

“IIt is important that we all continue to work together to ensure that efforts and resources to improve health are effective and meet the most urgent needs,» Sevko said.

Through this rigorous evaluation process, UPMC significant needs in the field of health care are identified, priorities are defined theiraction plans are developed and defined resources to meet these needs. The 2022 reports build on previous assessments and implementation plans developed in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

With hospitals in Pennsylvania, New York and Western Maryland, UPMC used a regional hub approach to develop CHNA 2022, which allowed local communities to set priorities while supporting a coordinated health care strategy across the UPMC network. CHNA UPMC Regions:

ALTOONA_COMM_FALL_20161104_032Each report identifies specific local priorities unique to the community, and all UPMC hospitals focus efforts on four identified critical health care needs.

For example, bbehavioral health was rated above two top health topics for every UPMC hospital as COVID-19 has a significant impact on behavioral health conditions in the community.

Him It’s no surprise that we continue to see a growing need for behavioral health in all the communities we serve. The pandemic, as well as other undercurrents in our society, have increased stress and anxiety for many people,” said Deborah Brodine, President at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and UPMC SI’m inside WITHservices “During the last CHNA cycle, we were able to implement several new addiction treatment programs to address the opioid abuse crisis. We will save pursueEng new integrated models of care for both behavioral health and substance use disorder current cycleand tThese programs will continue to use technology and the ability to partner with physical service providers to reduce stigma. We will also strive to increase and improve access to health care in our communities.”

Other key outcomes of this CHNA cycle among all UPMC regions:

  • ANDaccess to care was perceived as a problem UPMC is most likely to solve and have a significant impact.

  • Ddifferences in community health due to socio-economic status and other non-medical factors were very significant recognized by the respondents.

“UPMC means are located in diverse geographies, and the current and detailed CHNA process is a valuable opportunity for us actively interact with public leaders, experts, and supporters of wwho have an in-depth knowledge of health inequities affecting their communities.” said Tracy Conti, MD, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, UPMC and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which engaged in in the CHNA effort. “Cooperation with our neighbors to providewith to which all our patients have equal access in health care they must.”

to while remaining compliant with IRS 501(r) guidelines, all licensed nonprofit hospitals in the country must conduct and publish a satisfactory CHNA as part of a three-year cycle process. As part of this commitment the board of directors in each UPMC the hospital adopted resolution plans identified needs and track related improvements. New reports document progress made since Previous CHNA three years ago and outline implementation plans for specific hospitals that will meet the needs defined for 2022-2025 years cycle.

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