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SVH Community Health Needs Assessment

Simi Valley Hospital, as required by California law and with the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has undertaken a Community Health Needs Assessment. The needs assessment is a primary tool used to determine our community benefit plan, which outlines how we will give back to the community in the form of health care and other community services to address unmet community health needs. This report presents a summary that highlights the data findings, presents key needs and opportunities for action.

Overview of Key Findings and Community Needs

This overview summarizes some of the significant findings drawn from an analysis of the data. Full data descriptions, findings, and data sources follow in the full report.

Community Profile

  • The residents of the Simi Valley Hospital services area are primarily White/Caucasians (61%) and Latinos (26.5%).
  • The area has higher percentages of adults ages 40-64 and lower rates of seniors than found in Ventura County and the State.
  • There are relatively low levels of poverty and unemployment, when compared to the County and the State.
  • The residents are well educated, with high rates of high school and college graduates.
  • English is the primary language among residents; Spanish is spoken in 14.3% of resident households.

Birth and Death Characteristics

  • Among pregnant women, 87.5% obtain prenatal care in the recommended first trimester; this rate drops to 85.1% of pregnant women in Moorpark entering early into prenatal care.
  • Simi Valley (93063) has a troubling high rate of infant mortality of 10.0 per 1,000 live births. In comparison, the infant death rate in the County is 5.7 and the State is 5.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • Simi Valley (93063) also has a high rate of low birth weight babies at 72.0 per 1,000 live births.
  • When adjusted for age, the Simi Valley Hospital service area has a considerably higher death rate (1016.6 per 100,000) than that of the County (803.9) and the State (650.1).
  • Heart disease, cancer and chronic lung disease are the top three leading causes of death.
  • Simi Valley (93063) has high mortality rates from cardiac disease, cancer, diabetes and pneumonia.
  • Moorpark and Simi Valley have high death rates due to unintentional injuries and suicide.

Access to Health Care

  • The area has low rates of uninsured with 88% of the adult population and 94% of children and teens having access to health insurance.
  • Simi Valley Hospital ER admissions rose to 22,869 in 2009, an increase of 10.5% from the previous year.

Chronic Disease

  • Adults in Ventura County have high rates of blood cholesterol, heart disease and asthma.
  • 11.4% of children have been diagnosed with asthma.
  • Teens, adults and seniors have high rates of TB.
  • Seniors are not receiving flu shots and pneumonia vaccines at the recommended rates.

Social Issues

  • In Ventura County, 34.0% of adults are overweight and 20.1% are obese. Among teens, 13.1% are overweight and 9.8% of children are overweight.
  • 12.5% of adults and teens smoke.
  • Over 10% of adults experienced mental illness/psychological distress.
  • In Simi Valley the number of homeless is increasing.

Student and School Characteristics

  • The percentage of students eligible for the free and reduced price lunch program ranges from 1.9% to 72.9% at Simi Valley Unified schools.
  • Teachers, school administrators and staff feel that student alcohol and drug use, disruptive behavior and truancy are severe problems in the District’s schools.
  • Simi Valley Unified has high rates of students per computer – 5.3 students per computer.

Community Stakeholder Interview Findings

  • The issue of greatest concern was the failing economy, loss of jobs and unemployment.
  • Access to health, dental, vision, mental health and behavioral health services is a serious problem in the community due to lack of available low-cost services (particularly for mental health services, dental care and vision care) and lack of insurance or financial resources.
  • There has been an increase in the homeless population.
  • At least one-third of the interviewees identified an increase in childhood obesity as a negative trend in the community. An increase in adult obesity was also noted.
  • Barriers to accessing health care include: lack of transportation, lack of insurance as a result of changes in employment, inadequate number of physician specialists to serve the area, insurance coverage limitations and high co-pays.
  • There have been huge cuts in mental health services.
  • The Simi Valley Free Clinic and Sierra Vista Clinic are trusted community resources for the uninsured and under-insured to obtain health services.
  • The services that are lacking in the community include: dental care, vision care, mental health/substance abuse services, safety net services for those without insurance, services for the homeless, and services for seniors.
  • People are eating healthier and exercising more, becoming more health conscious and aware, and making more thoughtful lifestyle choices.
  • The Hospital is perceived as doing more now than ever before in the community.
  • The hospital has a good presence in the community and a positive image.
  • Simi Valley Hospital has come a long way in improving their reputation and status in the community.

For complete findings of the study, read our Community Health Needs Assessment.