For our latest Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP), we combined the two to create the 2019 CHNA/2020-2022 CHIP. This combined report explores the health equity challenges our communities experience and the solutions we offer under one umbrella.
Our 2019 CHNA identifies how Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush University Medical Center, as part of the Rush University System for Health, advance health equity and work to create healthier communities.
The 2020-2022 CHIP continues its focus on our goals outlined in the 2017 CHIP and adds an additional goal that focuses on maternal and child health outcomes. Although many strategies remain the same, we have also added new ones and made adjustments to others based on our findings.
How it all began
The first step in creating opportunities for people to live longer, healthier lives is identifying obstacles to optimum health. We laid the groundwork with the 2013 CHNA to identify priority health needs in our service area.
From there, together with community members, other health systems, nonprofits, government agencies and other organizations, in 2016 Rush created a CHNA that provides an overview of the demographics, community resources and barriers to good health in the 11 neighborhoods Rush serves.
To create a road map for Rush’s work to address these obstacles — and to help us streamline and focus our efforts — we drafted a CHIP that guides our community benefits and health work through 2019.
We report on our progress each year in a Community Benefits Summary. In 2017, Rush invested $335 million in community benefits across a range of efforts, including research, donations, Medicare/Medicaid programs, charity care and more.