CHNA Writer Proposal

Request for Applications
Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Implementation Plan

Summary and Background

CHRISTUS St. Vincent is seeking candidates to prepare the report for the 2020-2023 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and the Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) for Santa Fe County.
CHRISTUS St. Vincent has a long standing commitment to understanding the needs of our community.  This knowledge contributes toward efforts to improve the health and well-being of the community.  The IRS requires all non-profit hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment, identify priority needs and develop a Community Health Implementation Plan to address those needs   We are seeking candidates who are experienced in academic writing and are able to work collaboratively in co-creating the CHNA with the CHRISTUS St. Vincent team.  This will be a process involving collaboration with the Department of Health and other potential contributors.


  • Experience in preparing documents such as needs assessments required.
  • Demonstrated experience in (technical/academic/narrative) writing.
  • Ability to identify updated health indicator reliable data.
  • Ability to present data in the form of charts and graphs.
  • Ability to interpret data.
  • Ability to properly reference data and other sources.
  • Must hold a Master’s degree or PhD.

Guidelines for Submission 

  1.  A Letter of Interest
  2.  Proposed Approach including time frame and methodology
  3.  Proposed Budget for deliverables
  4.  Writing Sample, specifically a report or needs assessment that has been prepared for public presentation and a strategic plan
  5.  Resume or CV
  6.  Application is to be submitted by August 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Submit electronically or hard copy to:
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Community Health
Attn:  Kenneth Gunter
455 St. Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe, NM  87505

Project Description:  Community Health Needs Assessment 

The CHNA is a comprehensive report of the health and social needs of the community.  It includes both quantitative and qualitative data.


CHRISTUS St. Vincent uses a participatory process for gathering qualitative data.  The CHRISTUS St. Vincent team will gather the qualitative data and work with the contractor to incorporate the data into the report.  Qualitative data will be gathered through Focus Groups, Community Surveys, Windshield Surveys, and Key Stakeholder Interviews.  Qualitative data will be analyzed and summarized by the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Team.  The CSV Team will review the process for gathering qualitative data with the contractor so he/she is informed of the process used.


Contractor will conduct a literature review including review of the 2017-2019 CHNA and CHIP publications for CHRISTUS St. Vincent, other local health needs assessment reports such as the Santa Fe County Gap Analysis. This process will set the context for 2020-2023 CHNA report development, and ensure the current report builds on and maintains continuity with past  efforts.
Contractor will update quantitative data indicators and demographic data from the 2017-2019 CHNA.   The 2017-2019 CHNA can be accessed on the CHRISTUS St. Vincent website:   For the 2020-2023 CHNA, key data indicators will be identified by the CHRISTUS St. Vincent team.
Quantitative data from secondary, archival sources will be reported and analyzed. Archival sources are likely to include (but not limited to) the American Community Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, National Vital Statistics System, and others  Contractor will be responsible for collaborating with the Department of Health Epidemiology.   Where applicable and valid, state- and national-level comparison points will be presented with the county-level measure to show how the County measures in relation.  
CHRISTUS St. Vincent will also supply internal data for inclusion in the report, including hospital admissions and emergency department utilization data, payer source, ZIP code of residence, and service line.  Contractor will identify data sources, retrieve data, conduct a descriptive analysis, and generate data displays in chart or graph form with sources cited. Before publication, a final refresh of data will occur to account for any data newly released between Summer 2018 and Spring 2019.


The CHNA document is to be organized as follows:
·         Executive Summary
·         Introduction
·         Our Shared Vision
·         Description of the Community
·         Health Equity:  address areas of health disparities
·         Life Span:  Maternal Health & Early Childhood, School Age Children & Adolescents, Adult Behavioral Health, Adult Physical Health, Women’s Health, Senior Health
o   Overview of each population group
o   Summary of local community efforts
o   3 Primary health indicators and up to 3 secondary indicators per population group
§  Description of “why” the indicator is of importance
§  Description of “how” we are doing.  (an explanation of the data)
§  The story behind the data
Data are to be explained in narrative form and are to incorporate current information from reliable sources including government, studies, and other current sources.  Focus groups, surveys and other locally gathered qualitative data are to be incorporated into the report.
The report is to be written in a Word document with data presented in Excel generated graphs and charts.  All sources are to be cited properly using an academically recognized reference format, e.g., APA, Chicago Style, etc.  
The contractor may be asked to present the report to the Board of Directors or other public groups.  This will be determined as the process is conducted.


Data from the CHNA will be used to guide priority selection of health care priorities for CHRISTUS St. Vincent.  The CHRISTUS St. Vincent Board of Directors will determine health priorities based upon presentation of data, recommendations from staff and community input.
The Community Health Implementation Plan is a detailed plan for CHRISTUS St. Vincent to meaningfully address the priority health needs identified in the CHNA. It will contain a summary of priority health needs from the CHNA and their rationale for selection. Based on input from hospital leadership and stakeholders in the focus groups, key informant interviews, and needs prioritization committee, an inventory of community resources available to address priority health needs will be compiled and included.  The CHRISTUS St. Vincent Board of Directors determines the final priorities.
The CHIP is to include:

  • Summary of prioritized health needs and rationale for selection
  • Strategies, actions, measures and anticipated outcomes to address community health needs
  • Inventory of community resources available to address priority needs and description of the partnerships
  • Explanation of the community health needs that cannot be addressed through the CHIP

Project Timeline

The CHNA process will begin in September of 2018.  The final report is to be completed and approved by the Board of Directors by June 30, 2019.  To allow time for design of the report, the writing and presentation of data will be completed by April 30, 2019.   The writer will be responsible for meeting regularly (schedule to be determined) with the CHRISTUS St. Vincent CHNA Team to assure close coordination.

  • August 31, 2018 – Selection of Writer by CHRISTUS St. Vincent
  • September 1-30, 2018 – Update 2017-2019 CHNA Data Indicators
  • October 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019 – Prepare CHNA document.
  • May 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019 – Prepare CHIP document.


Quantitative data: Update 2017-2019 Indicators and Demographics
September 30, 2018
Quantitative data: Update 2020-2023 Indicators following community conversations led by the CSV Team.
October 31, 2018
Literature Review and Qualitative data: Analysis
December 31, 2018
Participation in one or more focus groups to understand the qualitative data reporting.
Between October and December 2018
Draft CHNA
February 28, 2018
Final written CHNA
April 30, 2019
Final written CHIP
June 30, 2019
Presentation of CSV or other Public Groups
To be Determined


Up to $20,000 is available for the project.


Contact Kathy Armijo Etre at
Thank you for your interest.