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Community Health Needs Assessment

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Sonoma County 2013–2016

Table of Content

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction and Background
    • Community Needs Assessment Purpose
    • Sonoma County Community Health Needs Assessment – History
  3. Community Health Needs Assessment - 2013
    • Improving Community Health – A Comprehensive Effort
    • Community Health Needs Assessment Report Overview
  4. CHNA Data Deveopment Process
    • Primary Data Collection
    • Secondary Data Collection
  5. Demographics and Leading Health Indicators
  6. Prioritized Community Health Needs
    • Methodology for Criteria for Prioritization
    • Prioritized Health Needs and Health Need Profiles
  7. Conclusion and Next Steps


    Conducting a large-scale community health needs assessment of the size and scope contained in this report would not be possible without the contributions of many members of our community. The Community Health Improvement Committee wishes to express its gratitude for the contributions made by those who participated in the development of this assessment.

    Sonoma County Department of Health Services

    • Rita Scardaci, Department Director
    • Lynn Silver Chalfin, MD, Health Officer
    • Mark Netherda, MD, Former Acting Health Officer
    • Ellen Bauer, Public Health Division Director
    • Elizabeth Chicoine, Director of Public Health Nursing
    • Jenny Mercado, Epidemiologist
    • Mike Kennedy, Behavioral Health Division Director

    Sonoma County Human Services Department

    • Diane Kaljian, Adult and Aging Division Director

    Community Health Centers

    • Mary Maddux-Gonzalez, MD, Executive Director, Redwood Community Health Coalition
    • Francisco Trilla, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
    • Kathie Powell, CEO, Petaluma Health Center
    • Molin Malicay, CEO, Sonoma County Indian Health Project
    • Nicole Villanueva, Board Member, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center
    • Eliot Enriquez, Board Member, West County Health Centers

    Sonoma County Hospital Systems

    • Kirk Pappas, MD, Physician in Chief, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Rosa
    • Lynn Mortensen, MD, Assistant Physician in Chief for Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Rosa
    • James Devore MD, Medical Director Annadel Medical Group
    • William Carroll, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa
    • Gary Greensweig, Former Chief Medical Officer, St Joseph Health – Sonoma County
    • Lisa Amador, Strategy and Business Development Executive, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa

    Health Plans

    • Robert Moore, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Partnership Health Plan of California
    • Lynn Scuri, Associate Regional Director, Partnership HealthPlan of California

    Physician Education

    • Wendy Kohatsu, MD, Faculty Residency Program, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program

    Community-based Health and Social Services

    • Oscar Chavez, Executive Director, Community Action Partnership
    • Susan Cooper, DDS, Community Action Partnership
    • Michael Spielman, Former Executive Director, Drug Abuse Alternatives Center
    • Alena Wall, Executive Director, Northern California Center for Well-Being

    Business and Education

    • Ben Stone, Executive Director, Sonoma County Economic Development Board
    • Lynn Garric, Safe Schools Project Director, Sonoma County Office of Education

    Members of Community Health Improvement Committee, Sonoma Health Alliance

    • Andrea Michelsen, Community Benefit/Community Health Manager Public Affairs, Marin Sonoma Service Area, Kaiser Permanente
    • Jo Sandersfield, Vice President for Mission Integration, St. Joseph Health System, Sonoma County
    • Penny Vanderwolk, Director of Development North Bay, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa
    • Peter Rumble, Director of Health Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Sonoma County Department of Health Services
    • Dory Escobar, Director of Community Benefit, St. Joseph Health System - Sonoma County
    • Shan Magnuson, Community Benefit/ Health Specialist Public Affairs, Marin Sonoma Service Area, Kaiser Permanente

    Research and Report Development by BK Consult