The Community Health Improvement Team falls within the Office of Health Equityat VUMC. As a nonprofit hospital, VUMC is required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy every three years in order to remain in compliance with the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The CHNA analyzes underlying determinants of health through comprehensive data collection, highlights local health disparities, and describes community resources to address needs prioritized by the community. The Implementation Strategy describes VUMC's plan - including collaborations, resources, and programs - to address the needs identifies and prioritized by the community.
With the recent acquisition of the Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in 2019, VUMC is now responsible for assessing the needs of Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson counties. The Community Health Improvement team collaborates with individual community members, local health departments, non-profit organizations, and external health systems to adequately assess the needs of these counties. Visit our Community Health Improvement platform to explore community health data, read up on promising community health practices, find funding opportunities, and more.