Community Health Needs Assessment
Rady Children’s is dedicated to providing the best healthcare for patients and serving as a valuable community resource to improve the health and well-being of children in our community.
Rady Children’s provides a variety of community-based and other programs that address the top health needs for children in the San Diego Region. The first step in improving health status involves determining the health-related issues that are most important to the community. Since the passage of Senate Bill 697 (SB 697) in 1994, Rady Children’s has participated in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years to better understand the health needs of the community, and to collaborate to improve the health status of children. In 2012, Rady Children’s collaborated with member hospitals of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASD&IC) to conduct a CHNA of San Diego County that was completed in 2013. The recent CHNA provides helpful information on a wide-variety of health concerns for both adults and children, and identified four top health conditions: Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes (Type II), and Mental/Behavioral Health.
Recognizing that children have unique healthcare needs, Rady Children’s has incorporated information provided in the 2011 San Diego County Report Card on Children & Families (The Report Card) to develop a comprehensive, child-focused CHNA. Produced biennially by the Children’s Initiative, an organization dedicated to improve the lives of children, The Report Card provides an overview of the overall health and well-being of San Diego County’s children, youth and families. The Report Card was developed as a public private partnership comprised of local and national experts in the fields of health, education, child care, child welfare, juvenile justice and injury prevention. According to The Report Card, health related issues impacting children in the San Diego region include: Obesity, Immunizations, Oral Health, Unintentional Injury/Violence, Mental/Behavioral Health, and others.
To address the top unmet health needs of children in the region, Rady Children’s is utilizing these two reports, as well as other assessments and reports, to assess health priorities and continue planning efforts to improve child health status. Together, the CHNA with The Report Card form the CHNA for Rady Children’s. These findings will help Rady Children’s target healthcare and prevention programs to address the most pressing health conditions impacting children in the region.
2011 San Diego County Report Card on Children & Families (The Report Card)