The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process is designed to identify key health needs and assets through systematic, comprehensive data collection in target communities and serves as a health profile for the community in which VUMC patients live. The CHNA describes the significant health needs identified in collaboration with the communtiy, as well as gaps between current and desired health status, and broad multisectoral perspectives on health and healthcare - with a focus on the under-served, low-income, and minority populations.

The VUMC CHNA serves as a joint CHNA for the following licensed hospital facilities:

  • Vanderbilt University Hospitals

    • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital

    • Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

    • Vanderbilt University Hospital

  • Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital at Vanderbilt

VUMC serves individuals and communities across the southeast and from around the world. However, a large number of VUMC's patients live in middle Tennessee: Davidson, Rutherford, and Williamson counties. With the recent acquisition of the Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, our next CHNA cycle will also include an assessment of health needs in Wilson County. 


This image provides an overview of the components to conduct the CHNA, IS, and our efforts to ultimately achieve community health improvement.