In 2012 and 2015, the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans retained Tripp Umbach to complete a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for their member hospitals. The multiple hospital needs assessment was conducted to accomplish the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), in order to improve the health status of residents living in Metro New Orleans, Louisiana.

Changes introduced as a result of PPACA have placed an increased level of importance on population health, well-being, and on collaborative efforts between providers, public health agencies, and community organizations to improve the overall health of communities.

Tripp Umbach developed a community health needs assessment protocol for MHCNO that aligned with national standards and identified key needs for community health improvement. Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans included input from 15 hospitals and other community-based organizations in the region during the CHNA process. Tripp Umbach included recent requirements such as including an inventory of available services for each identified community health need.