2022 COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT (CHNA)
In November of 2019, Richland Hospital once again completed its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This assessment identifies and prioritizes the health and wellness needs of those served by The Richland Hospital, Inc. Establishing and identifying these priorities helps guide the hospital’s community health improvement plan and influences important community activities. Our mission of improving community health is on-going and shared by other nearby agencies and organizations that share the same goal.
Overview of the Assessment Process
All non-profit hospitals are required to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments every three years. This assessment meets the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), IRS Code 501 (r) (3). During the assessment, secondary and primary data were collected. The analysis yielded a preliminary list of important health needs, which confirmed the areas of most concern. The process of comprehensively assessing the community’s health needs was led by a diverse group of community stakeholders from the sectors of healthcare, public health, Extension, and education. They also conducted an online survey to seek input from the general community and hosted community focus groups on the priorities identified: Mental Health Treatment, Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention, and Obesity Treatment and Prevention.
Mental Health Treatments: Throughout the past three years, a variety of meetings, programs, and community events, sponsored by schools, health centers, and mental health professionals, were held to cover mental health topics, such as suicide prevention. Richland Hospital created Senior Life Solutions, a program that addresses the specific mental health needs of seniors.
Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment: Among other gatherings, five community education events were held to raise awareness and increase the capacity for Richland County to reduce substance abuse. Movies were shown at different venues to educate the public about the serious and personal effects of substance abuse, not only on the user, but on their families and the community. “Promotion of positive youth development” themes impressed on attendees that a positive approach can go a long way in treating those with drug problems.
Obesity Prevention and Treatment Needs in the Community: With the growing epidemic of obesity, many programs were implemented to increase awareness of the causes of obesity and provide solutions to reduce the number of those in the community affected by it. Some options were the Farm-to School program, diabetes support groups, and a variety of outdoor activities. Other programs included athletic training, the benefits of healthy eating, and importance of breastfeeding.
Reflecting on community progress showed a notable increase in the variety of programs and community responses in all three areas. By prioritizing, groups could focus their energies on addressing different aspects of their concerns and improve outcomes. The conclusion? The best way to make progress in Richland County is to continue to wholeheartedly support community coalitions in their work on Mental Health Treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment, and Obesity Prevention & Treatment. By doing so, a better future for the Richland community will be assured.
COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT REPORTS
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