What Our Communities Need

On Monday, we released our third set of community health needs assessments (CHNAs), which explain in great detail the health disparities facing our West Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Memphis Metro, North Mississippi and West Tennessee communities.

These reports take months of hard work to complete, and I am so grateful to our finance, population health, market research and community outreach teams, along with our hospital marketing directors, for making this a priority.

Based on what we learned from these assessments, for the next three years our community outreach work will focus on

  • Our signature cause, providing free medical care, medications, dental and vision to the homeless through Baptist Operation Outreach and key partnerships across the community. We will continue to be the Mid-South’s largest provider of health care services to this vulnerable group.
  • Improving access to care by making it timelier and taking care to those without adequate transportation.
  • Continuing our efforts to reduce infant mortality, obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
  • Aligning our considerable cancer resources to help increase patients’ survival rates. We will focus specifically on prevention and early detection and treatment.

We consider this work much more than a requirement. Our goal is to eliminate barriers that prevent people from living their very best quality of life. That’s what our communities need.

You can find the CHNAs here. Don’t forget that you can contact me if you have a question or comment. Please email me, tweet me @jason_m_little or find me on LinkedIn.

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