“Natividad is proud to serve every corner of our community. From Big Sur to Prunedale to King City, our patients come to us to receive excellent health care. We appreciate the Community Health Needs Assessment for its role in helping us recognize and address the health issues hitting our diverse population the hardest.”
Natividad CEO Dr. Chad Harris
Monterey County Health Needs Collaborative is a group of organizations dedicated to improving the health of the Monterey County community. The partnership includes Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Mee Memorial Healthcare System, Natividad, the County of Monterey Health Department, and United Way Monterey County.
These trusted local entities have worked closely during the pandemic to provide our community with education, resources, vaccination clinics, testing, and more. Forming the Health Needs Collaborative is a way to broaden our partnership and leverage our resources to meet common health goals.
The Monterey County Health Needs Collaborative has released a comprehensive report on the health needs in Monterey County. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was done with the support of the Hospital Council of Northern California and Professional Research Consultants (PRC), a recognized leader in community health research.
The 2022 Monterey County Community Health Assessment (CHNA) consists of both primary and secondary data including county level data, census data, vital statistics, online key informant surveys, customized local health surveys and other health related data. Data for many indicators are presented geographically and by sociodemographics when available.
From March through May 2022, more than 3,100 Monterey County residents anonymously shared their personal health information and opinions regarding their health status and opportunities for improving population health in our community. In addition, hundreds of community leaders completed key informant surveys and evaluated, discussed and prioritized health issues for the community based on findings of the CHNA.
Prioritized List of Community Health Needs
- Mental Health
- Access to Health Care Services
- Nutrition, Physical Activity & Weight
- Heart Disease & Stroke
- Substance Use
- Infant Health & Family Planning
- Injury & Violence
- Potentially Disabling Conditions
In addition to a comprehensive report for Monterey County, the Collaborative partners receive reports focused on specific geographic regions of primary and focus service areas, all of which are available for public viewing and use. It is noted priorities of health needs may differ among organizational service areas.
The public now has access to the overall CHNA for Monterey County and individual hospital CHNA reports that provide a more focused assessment in primary and secondary zip codes of the hospital service areas. With this information, Natividad, other health care systems and community partners may analyze the data and create implementation strategies to improve health opportunities and services for our community.