S.F. Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
September 27, 2016 Breakfast

The Community Needs Assessment Breakfast on Tuesday, September 27 was a success, with community, health, and elected officials in attendance to celebrate the completion of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), done through the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP).

We were excited that many civic and elected leaders attended the breakfast, including Mayor Ed Lee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Supervisors David Campos, Eric Mar, and Aaron Peskin, School Board Member Rachel Norton, Health Director Barbara Garcia, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, City Commissioners (Health, Police), state commissioner (stem cell commission) and Assembly member David Chiu.

The hospitals are a founding member of SFHIP. SFHIP is a coalition comprising San Francisco hospitals, Department of Public Health, UCSF, and Community Equity Partners to pool resources to close health inequities in the City.

SFHIP ensures that the assessment required under law for hospitals and the health department are fully aligned by gathering and analyzing local health data and working with community organizations. Every three years the Hospital Council is the sponsor and organizer of the breakfast. This year, SF Section Chair Dr. Warren Browner spoke to the special role that hospitals play in addressing health disparities.

In connection with the breakfast, the Hospital Council placed an Op-Ed in the San Francisco Examiner titled “Understanding Communities Key to Improving Health in San Francisco”