Published : Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | 7:02 PM
The 2016 “Community Health Needs Assessment of Greater Pasadena” (CHNA) is now available online for use as a valuable data resource tool for residents, decision makers, health care providers and other stakeholders when examining the overall health of the Pasadena area.
Since 1992, the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has published its community health reports under the title of the “Pasadena/Altadena Quality of Life Index.” Now, and into the future, the report is retitled to more accurately reflect its content and purpose. The report is available online at www.healthypasadena.org.
In 2016, the PPHD, www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicHealth and Huntington Hospital, www.huntingtonhospital.org, collaboratively completed a joint, systematic analysis of health indicators to provide insight into the current health status and needs of residents in the Greater Pasadena, including Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena and San Marino.
One such highlight looked at efforts to implement the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. In 2014, 84.3 percent of Pasadena-area residents had health insurance, up from 80 percent in 2010, adding 6,000 locally insured persons.
“The new, joint CHNA represents months of important collaboration between the City and Huntington Hospital along with significant community engagement and input. We hope everyone will go to the CHNA website and use the data as the framework for positive change in our local health delivery and care systems,” PPHD Director Michael Johnson said.
Jane Haderlein, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Huntington Hospital, said it is the community that benefits the most from the comprehensive 2016 CHNA.
“When long-standing partners come together to address the health needs of the community, everyone benefits,” Ms. Haderlein said. “The collaboration between Huntington Hospital, the Pasadena Public Health Department and leaders of local organizations that are providing (health) services to Pasadena-area residents clearly demonstrates that we all have a role in improving the community’s well-being.”
Now that the report is published, PPHD later this year will announce details on a community-wide effort to evaluate, prioritize and plan for health improvements based on the report’s findings, Johnson said.
For 125 years, the PPHD has worked to promote and protect the health of the greater Pasadena area. The department is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
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