Community Health Needs Assessment
Every 3 years, Union Hospital conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Cecil County in collaboration with the Cecil County Health Department and many community partners. The CHNA takes into account expertise from community leaders, public health professionals, and community members. This assessment also includes an analysis of primary and secondary data collected from local, state and national health resources.
Quantiative and qualitative data was analyzed by the CHNA planning team to determine the top health priorities that the county will address over the next 3 fiscal years (FY17 – FY19):
- Behavioral Health
- Illicit Drug Use/Problem Alcohol Use
- Mental Health
- Access to Behavioral Health Care
- Chronic Disease
- Heart Disease & Stroke
- Respiratory & Lung diseases
- Determinants of Health
- Poverty & Homelessness
- Educational Attainment
Community Health Improvement Plan
The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is the strategic plan for the Community Health Needs Assessment. The CHIP describes the goals, objectives, and strategies that have been created for the three health priorities for Cecil County. The CHIP was prepared in collaboration by Union Hospital, Cecil County Health Department, and the Cecil County Community Health Advisory Committee.
Community Benefit Reports
Summary reports of Union Hospital’s Community Benefits per fiscal year.
Fiscal Year 2015 Community Benefit Report
Fiscal Year 2014 Community Benefit Report
Fiscal Year 2013 Community Benefit Report
Fiscal Year 2012 Community Benefit Report
Fiscal Year 2011 Community Benefit Report
Fiscal Year 2010 Community Benefit Report
Local Health Improvement Plan
The Cecil County Health Department, together with Union Hospital and other community leaders, has formed a coalition to formulate a plan and address health issues in Cecil County. The process is known as the Local Health Improvement Plan and is a mandated requirement of the State Health Improvement Process led by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. More about this collaborative effort can be found here.
Cecil County Community Health Surveys
Health surveys are conducted by Cecil County Health Department to create a comprehensive health profile of Cecil County every 5 years. Data from these surveys are used to develop programs that address priority health problems in the community, specifically targeting educational programs and community interventions.