Highpoint Health Joins The Health Collaborative in Assessing the Region’s Primary Health Concerns

Assessment Identifies Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Access to Care, Chronic Disease and Increasing Healthy Behaviors as Priorities

More than 1,400 healthcare consumers and countless organizations and non-profits, across 25 counties in the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton area, have identified substance abuse, mental health, access to care, chronic disease and increasing healthy behaviors as priority areas for 2019. The report covers Greater Dayton and Greater Cincinnati including Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky.

The identified priorities are the result of the region’s third Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Highpoint Health and its fellow members in The Health Collaborative along with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) joined in the assessment implementation, resulting in a comprehensive portrait of the health needs of the greater Southwest Ohio region. The assessment report serves 35 hospitals, 25 counties and 28 local health departments in three states.

“Highpoint Health was pleased to take an active role in facilitating information for this regional health needs assessment,” stated Angela Scudder, RN, MSN, CENP, Highpoint Health Chief Nursing Officer.  “Information obtained through the CHNA helps hospitals and other entities identify needs, prioritize programs and coordinate care while reducing the duplication of services.  By utilizing the data in the report, we are better able to allocate resources for optimum utilization.”

Data for the assessment was collected from April through July of 2018. The top five priorities reflect the highest average rankings from all participants in the meetings and surveys. Collected data shows agreement at all levels and reflects similar concerns across the counties and region, reinforcing the collaborative approach of the assessment.

“One of our goals with the CHNA is to continually improve our data collection process to involve as many voices as possible. This cycle increased community participation by over 200%.  For 2021, we hope to continue gathering valuable community input,” said Angelica Hardee, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Gen-H, CHNA Team Lead.  “While the over 1,400 individuals and agencies involved in this process provided essential information for the CHNA, our vision is to see a comprehensive snapshot of our region’s health needs and work together to improve the health of our community.”

The Community Health Needs Assessment is conducted every three years to continually identify emerging needs and take the pulse of our region’s health.  To read the CHNA Executive Summary, please visit:  For the complete 2019 CHNA, please visit:, or for the CHNA Microsite, please visit:

About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that leads data-driven improvements that result in healthier people, better care and lower costs. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit

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