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Community Health Needs Assessments

To ensure that we always serve the needs of the communities we serve, each hospital in our health system conducts health needs assessments. Assessing community health needs and developing the appropriate plans to address these needs are essential to improving and sustaining the health of our communities. These assessments allow us to understand each individual community, the needs identified and the process for moving forward to improve health throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.

Although this has been a commitment for many years, the passage in 2010 of the Affordable Care Act has brought additional purpose and focus to this process. In each community, we work with other healthcare providers, community organizations, advocates and other leaders to develop the assessment. Once complete, we develop strategies to address the needs.

Our Most Recent Community Health Needs Assessments

A CHNA document defines the community a hospital serves, identifies what the significant health needs are in each community served and explains how the hospital is working to address those community health needs.

Greater Baton Rouge

2021 Community Health Needs Assessment – Our Lady of the Lake Health



2021 Community Health Needs Assessment – Our Lady of Lourdes Health


Northeast Louisiana

2021 Community Health Needs Assessment – St. Francis Health



2021 Community Health Needs Assessment – Our Lady of the Angels Health


Greater Jackson

2021-2024 Community Health Needs Assessment – St. Dominic Hospital


Assumption Parish

2021 Community Health Needs Assessment – Our Lady of the Lake Assumption Community Hospital


Previous CHNAs

Service to the Community: Helping Louisiana and Mississippi Residents

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and our affiliates are active, caring members of the communities we serve. As we carry out our mission of serving those most in need and striving for equity and fairness in all relationships, we have committed to providing care to the needy without seeking reimbursement.

Our mission extends not only to those who are poor but also to those who are vulnerable due to lack of insurance coverage, citizenship status, health status, age, education level and other factors that compromise their ability to achieve good health.

Examples of Community Benefit We Provide Include:

Other Community Benefits:

Funding Guidelines and Considerations

Based on the priority areas identified within our CHNAs, we invest in key areas by market.

After considering how strongly a proposal aligns with our CHNA priority areas and our core values, we evaluate every request according to the following criteria:

  1. Soundness of fiscal, strategic, governance, and program delivery practices.
  2. Past success, demonstrated impact, or strong potential for impact.
  3. Use of evaluation to assess progress toward goals.
  4. Openness to collaboration and being part of a broader approach to improving the lives of community members, with special emphasis on identifying and improving non-clinical factors or the social determinants of health (SDOH) in our community.
  5. Programs or services that uncover the root causes of the health needs in our community and help address those needs with social interventions.

Our Community Contributions Committees meet regularly to review requests within each market. Applications must be submitted 90 days prior to the event to be considered.

Organizations and/or programs that discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status will not be granted funding.

We are unable to fund the following types of requests:

Community Benefit Applications

Please review our mission and vision before submitting an application for community benefits.