Did You Know You Can Access The CHNA Results On Our Website? (Community Health Needs Assessment Successfully Completed)

7 Nov 2015 Did You Know?

The Mountrail County Medical Center wishes to extend a big thank you to all who participated in the recent community health needs assessment (CHNA).Additionally, we want to thank the community members who volunteered their time to provide input through one-on-one interviews and participated in the community meetings. Your participation helped make this process collaborative and we greatly appreciate the insights you provided.

In an effort to gauge overall health needs and identify health concerns of the community, a survey was distributed throughout the county between February 15, 2016 and March 7, 2016. MCMC has released the results and findings of the recent study about community health needs in the Stanley area. You may visit the RESOURCES tab on our website at www.stanleyhealth.org for the report detailing the findings.This 2016 report, along with the last report which was completed in 2013, will remain available on our website for several years.

The assessment process used a variety of methods to gather information and data about the health status and needs of the local population. These methods included a survey which was distributed to community residents and health care professionals, one-on-one interviews with community leaders, focus groups, and an in-depth study of county-level statistics regarding health outcomes, health behaviors, clinical care, and the local physical environment.

More than 208 area residents provided input to the study by completing surveys, giving interviews, and participating in focus groups. In addition to helping identify community health needs, a group of community members also provided guidance to the hospital by ranking and prioritizing the identified needs. The group collectively ranked the top five health-related needs facing the community as:

(1) Ability to recruit and retain primary care providers
(2) Cost of health insurance
(3) Adult alcohol use and abuse
(4) Adequate childcare services
(5) Obesity/overweight

These prioritized needs will guide strategic planning and implementation, encourage collaboration to address these needs, and set the stage for improving our community.In the coming months, we will be creating our implementation plan to address these needs.

“We are here to serve our community and the CHNA provided us with valuable input and direction as we prepare for the future,” said MCMC CEO, Rocky Zastoupil.

A periodic community needs assessment is one of the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act.The law requires non-profit hospitals such the Mountrail County Medical Center to assess the community’s health needs periodically.MCMC received assistance in conducting the assessment from the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.To learn of other North Dakota communities’ prioritized needs and ideas to address them, go to www.ndchna.org for a complete list of CHNA reports and implementation strategies.

We thank you for your continued support.We are always striving to do better.

Nobody takes care of you like your own.