Holyoke Medical Center Community Health
Needs Assessment Dashboard
We asked our partner, the Holyoke Medical Center, to describe their experience working with mySidewalk. Here is their story in the words of their Director of Community Benefits, Kathleen Anderson.
“A consultant recommended mySidewalk, and after a demonstration on what the platform could do, we decided it was something we were interested in trying. This partnership has given us the opportunity to track our community health needs as data becomes available. It has also given us a clearer picture of local health needs by census tract or zip code and highlights the challenges our communities face around social determinants of health.
The data captured in the mySidewalk platform helps Holyoke Medical Center drill down on health needs by neighborhood and allows the hospital the opportunity to understand and provide needed support services or other types of interventions. This valuable information is used by Holyoke Medical Center, as well as their affiliate organizations to apply for grants and for reporting purposes.
As an added benefit, Holyoke Medical Center shares the Community Health Needs Assessment dashboard on their website. It helps equip community-based organizations with information and data that can be used to write grants or report about community health needs. The dashboard has become an easy go-to source for understanding some of the social determinants of health information."
“Our CHNA dashboard gives us data, maps, and visuals that paint a powerful picture of our community's needs. It has taken our CHNA to the next level and helps us to plan our outreach and support within the community. I would tell someone on the fence about mySidewalk to definitely give them a try. It will open their eyes and give them a better picture of what’s going on in their community.”
Kathleen Anderson Director of Community Benefits at Holyoke Medical Center