Community Health

Community Health

A healthier community happens when we work together

Community Health

Helping to Achieve a Healthier Community

It is with great pleasure we present the results of our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. Beginning in late 2015, Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) and Providence Seaside Hospital worked together to produce a joint Community Health Needs Assessment, which we hope will become a resource for our county.

The following document is the result of a robust process that included surveys, public health data, listening sessions, and interviews with many community members. Our hospitals are proud of our work together in Clatsop County, and prouder still to serve you. Through listening and partnership, our hospitals will use this assessment as the basis for our community benefit activities and community health improvement plans over the next three years to address the key areas of identified need:

    • Access to Care
    • Behavioral Health
    • Chronic Conditions
    • Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being

Please read on to learn more about each of these areas.

What is a Community Health Needs Assessment?

As a tax-exempt hospital, Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) is required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to conduct what is called a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This is a study that collects information to help us, and our community health partners, better understand the most common and challenging health issues in our region, and work together on a plan that best to addresses the findings and achieves the goal of becoming a healthier community.

Read the most recent CHNA. This document informs our decisions when creating our strategic plan and community benefits plan. The CHNA is conducted not only to fulfill the requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (H.R.3590) for non-profit hospitals, but also in response to the CMH mission “To provide excellence, leadership, and compassion in the enhancement of health for those we serve.”

Turning Information into Action

CMH cares for our community inside our walls and out in the community. Here are just a few of the initiatives CMH is part of that demonstrate how the information from the CHNA is helping to transform and improve healthcare in our region.


Improving Population Health through Community Partnershipsclick to open


Reducing Opiate Dependence click to open


Improving Children’s Health click to open