Community Health Needs Assessment

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's, formerly Children's Memorial Hospital) conducted a community health needs assessment in 2015 and 2016 in order to:

  1. Identify barriers to good health and well-being for Chicago children and adolescents
  2. Guide continuing efforts by Lurie Children's to improve child and adolescent health and well-being in Chicago.

The Lurie Children's community health needs assessment (CHNA) process involved several activities, which were overseen by the CHNA Committee. The CHNA Committee was comprised of key Lurie Children's staff, representatives of public health agencies, organizations that serve communities in Chicago that experience health disparities, and Lurie Children's patient population.

The Lurie Children's CHNA makes use of a wide range of data sources, including: US Census, Illinois Vital Statistics, the Illinois Hospital Discharge Data System (or COMPData), and the Chicago Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Key findings from the community health needs assessment are:

  1. Social determinants of health greatly affect child health outcomes and need to be considered when working towards making progress on many of our health priorities from reducing violence to managing asthma.
  2. Access to care plays a significant role in overall child-wellbeing and must be addressed in order to make improvements.
  3. While data show that mental health is a leading cause of hospitalization for children and adolescents, access to services in the community is limited. This access issue has been further exacerbated recently by the state budget impasse. Particular attention needs to be paid to increasing services over the next several years.
  4. Violence in the City of Chicago remains prevalent and its effects on children are both direct and indirect.
  5. Significant interconnectedness exists between all of the above highlighted key findings. Implementation strategies that address underlying causes of the health outcomes or multiple factors will be prioritized.