Rural Hospitals (Flex Program)
 

Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date

5-16-2014

Keywords

MRHRC, Comunity Health Needs Assessment, CHNAs

Funding Organization or Grant

This study was conducted by the Flex Monitoring Team with funding from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (PHS Grant No. U27RH01080)

Abstract

Recent policy and regulatory changes are creating an environment in which hospitals, public health departments, and other health care organizations are held accountable for identifying and addressing the health needs of their communities.Conducting effective Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) requires resources and capacity that individual rural hospitals and communities may lack; thus collaboration among hospitals and communities has the potential for achieving efficiencies in the collection and analysis of local and regional health data and in supporting a robust community engagement process to identify priorities for community health improvement. This brief informs the efforts of state Flex Programs to support Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in conducting collaborative CHNAs and provides insight into the leadership issues encountered by CAHs and other stakeholders as they conduct their collaborative assessments. The results of these assessments can be used by hospitals as well as state Flex Programs to inform their ongoing strategic initiatives.