Benton-Franklin CommunityHealth Needs Assessment Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance, Lourdes Health Network, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Kennewick General Hospital, Group Health Cooperative, Prosser Memorial Hospital And the Benton-Franklin Health District
Objectives • Describe at least 2 reasons why it is important to conduct a community health needs assessment • List 2 functions of the steering committee in this process • Recognize that Community wide Health Needs Assessments are a best practice
What is a Community Health Needs Assessment? …both a product and a process …a systematic way of identifying the needs, priorities, and resources of a community
Why do a community health needs assessment? • IRS Requirement-need a comprehensive look at the community’s health to determine priorities • Public Health Need (last Health Assessment 1995) • Better informed decision-making • Obtain resources necessary to address key issues/concerns • Improve community health services • Increase partnerships and collaboration • Increase community awareness of issues
How do you do an assessment? • Collect Primary Data: • BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey) • Focus Groups • Interviews • Survey Secondary Data: • County Rankings • DOH • OFM • Past Community Assessments • US Census Bureau
Individual silos. . .I like the way the funding is distributed now. BARRIERS We’ve already done an assessment, why do another? I don’t believe the data! I know I’m right! Where can we find the resources to conduct an assessment?
A glimpse of what the data shows us...1995-2010 From BRFSS: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss/display.asp?yr=0&state=WA&qkey=4409&grp=0&SUBMIT3=Go
Chlamydia Rates in Benton-Franklin Counties http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/std/data/default.htm#Benton 1993-2009
Who has been invited to the table? • Group Health Cooperative • Columbia Basin College (CBC) • Washington State University-Nursing Program (WSU) • American Diabetes Association • Grace Clinic • Tri-City Cancer Center • Benton-Franklin Health District • Tri-City Community Health • Prosser Memorial Hospital • Educational Service District 123 • League of Women Voters • TC Reg Chamber of Commerce • Benton-Franklin Medical Society • United Way/Community Solutions • CSC Hanford Occ. Services • Tri-City Chaplaincy • PNNL • Lourdes Counseling Center • Regional Labor Economist • Elected Officials? • Area Council on Aging? • Faith Institutions? • Others?
Purpose of Steering Committee To assess health needs of the community: • Breakdown territorial silos around health/health services • Identify WHO to ask • Determine strategy & method of HOW to ask community members • ASK what, so what, now what? • LISTEN & identify emerging issues • Gather and analyze assessment findings • Make policy, program & project recommendations (i.e. community health agencies, hospitals, public health, government officials, etc.)
How can we use what we’ve Learned? • Policy Changes • Inform and engage the Community • Fund new programs • Leverage programs with grant funding • Illustrate our vision with Art • Focus our resources • Prepare us for our future
Compiled results from 52 community health assessments conducted in Washington: 71% Health issues were identified 54% A new partnership to address a health issue was formed 50% Health priorities were established 46% New health strategies and/or action plans were developed 44% A grant was written using local data 37% A new resource to address a priority was obtained 33% A new health program/service was implemented 27% A health policy recommendation was developed, written, or modified 27% Budgeting decisions influenced 25% Internal agency programs were prioritized 25% A health program/service was modified 23% Strategic agency direction established or altered Half of agencies reported additional outcomes under “other”
Thank You… • Benton Franklin Health District-Assessment • Spokane Regional Health District • Island County Health Department • Washington State Department of Health Epidemiology Other Resources: • Behavior Risk Factor and Surveillance System • Washington State Department of Health Data and Statistics