What is the goal?

To pinpoint the unmet health needs of people living in Sacramento, Yolo, and the western parts of Placer and El Dorado Counties and share the results to spark change.


Why is this important?

Healthcare providers — hospitals, clinics, doctors and nurses — need to know what problems residents face in accessing care and the health challenges they face, so that the hospitals and clinics are prepared now and in the future to meet those needs.


What is Valley Vision doing about it?

Valley Vision was asked by the four big health systems in our region — Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, and UC Davis Health System — to gather local and state health data in order to pinpoint the unmet health needs of our area all the way down to the zip-code level. Working with our technology partner Sky’s the Limit, we created a searchable online database so that anyone could access the health status of their neighborhood. We added a revolutionary “health map” that displayed all the health data by zip code on Google Maps, and added in the locations of all the community clinics where care is provided and how to get there using public transportation. These new tools plus several county-level forums and dozens of interviews and focus groups with health and community experts generated a 2007 health report that was delivered to the health systems and made the front-page of the Sacramento Bee.



This project was conducted over 18 months between 2006 and 2007.



  • Valley Vision published the 2007 Community Health Needs Assessment report to help inform the community health-related efforts of four hospital systems, creating more coordination in the efforts to combat the 3-4 chief health conditions and health access problems that require action
  • Creation of a color-coded online map that showed the severity of certain health conditions like cancer, diabetes and asthma by zip code
  • Creation of an easy-to-use online database of primary and secondary health data for the four county area available to hospitals, clinics, and health professionals.
  • A stronger degree of partnership between the area’s four nonprofit health systems.



  • Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Sutter Health
  • UC Davis Health System
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