Community Health Needs Assessment

To help guide our collective commitment and efforts, we use the Community Health Improvement Guiding Principles proposed by the Johns Hopkins Medicine Community Benefits Advisory Council. They are the following:

  • Partners with those community leaders and community-based organizations that serve as stewards to guide and educate Johns Hopkins All Children’s to best serve the needs of each population.
  • Integrates the interests, assets, and expertise of our health system and the community to reach mutually agreed upon outcomes.
  • Develops transparent, coherent approaches to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate sustainable health improvement programs and policy interventions

2019 Johns Hopkins All Children's Community Health Needs Assessment

In Fiscal Year 2016, we conducted a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify the most important health issues and health barriers in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida and developed an implementation strategy to address the health priorities identified through the CHNA.

In this effort, youth were researched by income level (i.e., low-income and other-income). With income being such an influential social determinant of health the categorization provided additional data and insight that otherwise would not exist. This approach identified three health issues common to youth of all income levels, two health issues unique to low-income youth, and one issue of priority to other-income youth.

Top Health Issues Common to All-Income Children (in alphabetical order):

  • Allergies / Asthma
  • Mental Health / Bullying that Impacts Mental Health
  • Obesity / Overweight

Health Issue Unique to Low-Income Children (in alphabetical order):

  • Birth Outcomes / Infant Mortality
  • Chronic Disease / Diabetes (including pre-diabetes)

Health Issue Priority to Other-Income Children:

  • Substance and Alcohol Abuse / Tobacco Use

Top Health Barriers:

  • No health insurance / no access to providers / no access to behavioral health / no transportation
  • Access to nutrition / access to physical activity
  • Healthy living education
  • Resource-rich community does poor job distributing resources

View 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment


The CHNA involved a six-part methodology that involved nearly 1,000 participants:

  • Exploratory, in-depth interviews with members of the CHNA Community Advisory Council
  • Surveys of parents, health professionals, educators and community leaders
  • Focus groups
  • Community conversations
  • Secondary research
  • A prioritization filter

View 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Parent Survey Questions and Results

View 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Professionals Survey Questions and Results

Implementation Strategy

The implementation strategy is a six-part process led by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to engage key entities (schools, city government and parents), community groups and non-profits at the highest levels to measurably improve community health outcomes for the top health issues. Phases include:

  1. Awareness : Community Presentations
  2. Participation : Health Groups
  3. Involvement : Health Symposiums
  4. Engagement : Health Summit
  5. Sustainability : Health Groups Continue
  6. Annual reporting : Annual Health Summits

We align health priorities with the areas of greatest identified need and consider where our resources will generate the greatest impact. Our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community will be demonstrated through the deliberate planning of community benefit activities.

See pp. 42-46 of the 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment for the Implementation Strategy.

View 2013 Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment

View 2013 Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Strategic Community Benefit Plan 

If you have comments or questions, please contact Government and Community Affairs at 727-767-2392.