Our starting point for better health

April 24, 2017

To keep some of Los Angeles County’s 10 million residents healthy in the communities where they spend their everyday lives, Providence Health & Services conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years. This assessment covers the San Fernando Valley, South Bay and Westside areas of Los Angeles County served by six Providence hospitals.

Identifying top health priorities, together

Through interviews, focus groups, and surveys, we listened to the voices of our community to understand the greatest health needs from the perspective of some of the most marginalized groups of people. Based on data and input gathered in the 2016 assessments, Providence’s community benefit investments and programs will be prioritized to address the following top priorities over the coming years.


Homelessness in Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Access to care and services for those who are uninsured and low-income
  • Prevention and management of chronic disease
  • Partnering to provide mental health resources
  • Addressing the needs of the homeless
  • Food insecurity 

The next step in addressing identified needs is the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan in 2017.

Collaboration is key

Providence works alongside many like-minded partners to create healthier communities, together. Anita Zamora, chief operations officer with the Venice Family Clinic, said of this collaboration:

“We are tremendously grateful for Providence as collaborators, supporters and thought partners. Together we have strengthened our quality of care and improved access to services like specialty care, vaccines, and deliveries for low-income and homeless individuals and families on the Westside.”

Measuring our success

Guided by the Community Health Needs Assessments, Providence invested more than $251 million in community benefit across southern California in 2016. Through programs and donations, health education, charity care, medical research and more, Providence fulfills unmet needs and improves the health and well-being of those we serve – especially for the most poor and vulnerable.