Community Health Needs Assessment

Palomar Health’s history is rooted in responding to the unmet health needs of the communities we serve. This commitment extends beyond traditional hospital care to community health programs that we provide. As part of our commitment to understanding the needs of the community, Palomar Health is an active participant in the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).  

The objective of the CHNA is to identify and prioritize health needs in San Diego County. Based upon the 2016 CHNA findings, the top community health needs in San Diego County are:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Obesity

Additionally a number of social determinants of health – defined as ‘the conditions in which we grow, work, live and age’ – were identified as significant contributors to the top health needs. These social determinants of health are:  

  • Food insecurity and access to healthy food 
  • Access to care or services 
  • Homelessness and housing 
  • Physical activity 
  • Education 
  • Cultural competency 
  • Transportation 
  • Insurance issues
  • Stigma
  • Poverty


For more information about food resources available in the community, click here (English) (Spanish).

To view more detailed information about the CHNA findings, please visit http://hasdic.org/2016-chna/  or view the 2016 CHNA reports below.