Community Health Needs Assessment


Knowing the health needs of our community helps Broward Health focus resources where most needed.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Knowing the health needs of our community helps Broward Health focus resources where most needed.

Focusing on the Health Needs of Our Community

Based on review and analysis of the various qualitative and quantitative data sets presented, the Community Health Needs Assessment Advisory Council established priorities as depicted below.

Preventive Care/Chronic Conditions and Management

According to the CDC, chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. Our qualitative and quantitative data were used to develop the following actions to help address chronic conditions.

Qualitative 

Focus Groups
Key Informants
Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Quantitative

Florida Charts
BRHPC Health Data Warehouse

  • Screenings
  • Obesity/Overweight
  • Chronic conditions and management (preventable hospital admissions): Cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Cancer, Hypertension, Bacterial Pneumonia

Community Health Education/Diversity

Community health education and diversity promotes health and prevents disease within populations. Our qualitative and quantitative data were used to develop the following actions to educate our diverse populations in meeting these goals.

Qualitative 

Focus Groups
Key Informants

Quantitative

U.S. Bureau of the Census

  • Health Literacy
  • Navigating the Health Insurance System
  • Consideration for cultural and diversity issues: language and patients with special needs

Maternal Child Health/Prenatal Care

Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. This care can begin even before pregnancy with a preconception care visit to a health care provider. Our qualitative and quantitative data were used to develop the following actions to help address healthy newborns.

Qualitative 

Focus Groups

Quantitative

Florida Charts
BRHPC Health Data

  • Infant Mortality
  • Low Birthweight/Prematurity
  • Access to pre- and inter-conception care and prenatal care for mothers who are undocumented or underinsured

Access to Care

Facilitating access to healthcare involves helping people command appropriate healthcare resources in order to preserve and improve their health. Our qualitative and quantitative data were used to develop the following actions to help the community understand how to gain access to healthcare.

Qualitative 

Focus Groups
Key Informants

Quantitative

Florida Charts
BRHPC Health Data Warehouse
U.S. Bureau of the Census

  • Affordability issues
  • Community outreach to educate about primary care sites
  • Insurance enrollment
  • Access to specialists or primary care providers in insurance plans (although listed, not accepting patients, not participating in insurance plan, or at capacity)

Quality of Care

Healthcare quality is the degree to which healthcare services improves desired health outcomes and is consistent with current professional knowledge. Our qualitative and quantitative data were used to develop the following actions to help address better healthcare quality.

Qualitative 

Focus Groups
Key Informants

Quantitative

Florida Charts
BRHPC Health Data Warehouse

  • Evaluate palliative care practices
  • Healthcare disparities based on income and insurance status
  • Coordination of care across the continuum

Recommended Next Steps

Due to the increasingly diverse population of the Broward County, the areas of need for the community have also become increasingly complex. The recommended next steps for Broward Health are due to:

  • Develop an Action Plan for identified priorities;
  • Incorporate and implement ACA elements and partnership opportunities;
  • Present the results to the community;
  • Implement and track improvements over the next three years; and
  • Report back to the community.

Part of the Action Plan should address the need to educate the community above navigating the health insurance system with consideration for the cultural diversity that exists in the Broward community.