Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles completes 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment to help understand and strengthen its neighborhood

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) finished on Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) 2022, as part of the hospital’s ongoing commitment to better understand the health of its core “neighborhood” — Los Angeles County — and the people who live there. The NACH Thoroughly analyzes the health and social needs of the community, which enables the hospital to implement strategies to address key areas of the report’s findings.

“The DNA of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is rooted in a long tradition of meeting the health and social needs of our community,” said CHLA President and CEO. Paul S. Viviano. “We know very well that our mission – to create hope and build a healthier future for children – is inextricably linked to the health of our greater community. Assessing community health needs allows us to identify areas of need, and we look at where CHLA has strengths that might be able to meet those needs and where we can influence change or identify the best partners. to take the lead.

CHNA 2022 tells the story of a population even more stressed by an unprecedented virus. In 2016 and 2019, CHNA survey participants identified mental health as the top community priority. This need has become even more urgent during the tumultuous years of COVID-19. In 2021, 46.1% of adult Californians reported experiencing anxiety or depression, the 2022 survey found. More than a quarter of teens (27.5%) in LA County reported needing help with their mental and emotional health.

“CHLA’s CHLA 2022 revealed that mental health is a significant concern for many community stakeholders, particularly for children, youth and young adults,” says Lara Kouri, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of CHLA. “At CHLA, the provision of mental health services to patients by behavioral health specialists embedded in several specialty divisions of CHLA is a long-standing commitment of the hospital.”

Recently, CHLA has built on this foundation by launching new initiatives related to children’s behavioral and developmental health, including the formation of the Behavioral Health Institute, the Department of Psychology, the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, the Developmental and Behavioral Outpatient Center. . “These programs were inspired by the growing need for these types of services in the community and we shifted our priorities accordingly to help meet those needs,” says Khouri.

To assemble the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment Report, which is required of all nonprofit hospitals every three years by federal and state law, CHLA’s Office of Community Affairs is partnering with the Center for Nonprofit Management to conduct extensive data research on communities in LA County, home to 85% of its patient population. The team engaged a range of stakeholders, including nonprofit organizations, government and social service agencies, local neighborhood groups, schools and colleges. Also interviewed were 350 community members of all ages, from middle schoolers and teenagers to adults and seniors, as well as more than 260 CHLA team members.

Other community priorities noted in the 2022 report include homelessness/housing, economic security/poverty, patient/family centered health care, obesity, food security and impact of disease transmissible/infectious. At least 1 in 5 households reported being in a situation of food insecurity, a main concern of CHNAs in previous years as well.

The results also help guide the development of CHLA community benefits implementation strategies, just as CHNAs in the past have resulted in successful community programs.

The hospital has supported a series of ongoing projects community impact initiative :

  • To address food safety concerns in 2021, CHLA worked with the office of Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Rick’s Produce, Manos Que Sobreviven, and the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council to distribute 13,200 fresh products resident boxes. ACCH has also expanded its food recovery programs and involvement in The city gardena community garden at Los Angeles City College that offers healthy food education and a supply of fresh vegetables and fruits in neighborhoods often considered “food deserts”.

  • The hospital continued its workforce development programs for youth, such as LA-HIPknown as the Samuels Family Latino and African American High School Internship Program, providing biomedical science internships for 14 students in 2020-21.

  • Over the past year, CHLA team members have been on the front line fight against COVID-19distributing more than 36,000 doses of vaccine, including nearly 10,000 to school-aged children and adolescents.

The CHNA 2022 report is available in full here.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the forefront of pediatric medicine, providing award-winning care to children around the world, the country, and the greater Southern California area. Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles is the largest children’s care provider in Los Angeles County, the premier pediatric hospital in California and the Pacific Rim, and is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation on US News & World’s Top Children’s Hospitals Report Honor Roll. Clinical expertise spans the continuum of pediatric care from newborn to young adult, from everyday preventive medicine to the most medically complex cases. Inclusive, compassionate, child- and family-friendly clinical care is led by faculty physicians at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Physicians translate new discoveries, treatments and proven cures through the work of scientists at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, among the National Institutes of Health’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals, in order to provide answers to families more quickly. The hospital is also home to one of the largest training programs for pediatricians in the United States. To find out more, follow us on Facebook, instagram, LinkedIn, Youtube and Twitterand visit our blog at

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