A Community Health Needs Assessment is a systematic process that involves the community to identify and analyze community health needs and assets. The process also involves prioritizing needs and laying the groundwork for action to address unmet community health needs. In addition to satisfying regulatory requirements of the Affordable Care Act and accreditation standards, needs assessments:
- Provide access to timely input from the local community
- Summarize secondary data related to health conditions and indicators
- Assemble information to guide decision making, marketing efforts, and the development of an implementation plan
- Encourage community engagement and local involvement that forms the future of health care delivery
Based on a model developed by the National Center for Rural Health Works, the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota adopted a nine-step process for conducting community health needs assessments.
At the heart of the process is convening a broad-based Community Group that meets at least twice, reviews data and information to identify health needs of the community, and prioritizes the identified needs. Another step is for as many people as possible to complete a CHNA survey. You can do this either online by visiting http://tinyurl.com/MountrailCountyMC or by picking up a paper survey at any of the following locations: Elbowoods Memorial Health Center in New Town, Rockview Pharmacy in Parshall or in Stanley at Dakota Drug, T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic, Upper Missouri District Health, Dr. Anderson’s office, Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center or Mountrail County Social Services.
As an incentive to meet our goal of 500 surveys completed, the Mountrail County Health Foundation has donated a Samsung 48 inch LED Smart HDTV. You can fill out the entry form that will appear once you have filled out your survey online or return the entry form inside the envelope with the paper survey. Survey results are tabulated by the Center Rural Health at the University of North Dakota.
The survey is open until March 7th. Please find the time to complete a survey so we can improve the services given to you as a patient.
You may visit the Resources page on our website at www.stanleyhealth.org for the survey link listed above or if you need to reference any of the past “Did You Knows”. We thank you for your continued support. Nobody takes care of you like your own.