NC Community Health Improvement Collaborative

The NC Community Health Improvement Collaborative (NC-CHIC) is a partnership of local and state public health leaders, hospital leaders, and community-based stakeholders created in 2007 to lead collaborative efforts to measurably improve the health of North Carolinians.

The Collaborative, originally titled the NC Public Health/Hospital Collaborative, grew out of a desire by the North Carolina Hospital Association and the NC Division of Public Health to explore areas of overlap and mutual partnership. Over time, this collaboration expanded to include interested leaders from local health departments, academic institutions, community partners and other organizations.

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act instituted new provisions regarding Community Health Needs Assessment requirements for all non-profit hospitals. The NC-CHIC then devoted increasing focus on how health departments and community partners in NC could assist hospitals in facilitating this important process.

The Collaborative:

  • Fosters focused health improvement initiatives
  • Creates unified health advocacy
  • Shares common data and information
  • Explores models for improving Affordable Care Act implementation
  • Captures and disseminates best practices

Partners

Click here for a list of current members.

Community Health Needs Assessments

The NC-CHIC is particularly involved in exploring best practices and models for improving collaborative community health needs assessments (CHNAs). Nonprofit hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment at least once every three years and adopt an implementation strategy to address the most significant health issues. Community health assessments are also required for local public health agency accreditation.

NC-CHIC goals regarding CHNAs:

  • To create a common understanding of changes in CHNA and Community Benefit laws among hospital and health department leaders in order to promote collaboration among NC hospitals and health departments on these activities.
  • To create models of effective community collaboration that integrate CHNA and Community Benefit into an improvement cycle that advances Healthy NC 2020 outcomes.
  • To develop a national model for conducting collaborative CHNAs among local public health agencies, hospitals and other partners.

Get more information about CHNAs

NC-CHIC Webinars

Archived Webinar (2015): Meeting Requirements for Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments: Summary of IRS and Local Public Health Accreditation Requirements and Recommended Practices

  • Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Gene Matthews, North Carolina Institute for Public Health and the Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region
  • Jeff Spade, NC Hospital Association and NC Center for Rural Health

Archived Webinar (2015): In-Depth Analysis of NC Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Strategies

  • Karen Wade, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Gene Matthews, North Carolina Institute for Public Health and the Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region
  • Jeff Spade, NC Hospital Association and NC Center for Rural Health
  • View Report

Archived Webinar (2013): Lessons Learned from Collective Impact in Action: Let’s Go!

  • Victoria Rogers, MD, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center
  • View Slides

Presentations from the Collaborative Community Health Assessment/ Community Health Improvement Meeting (2012)