Washington Regional is committed to improving the health of the people we serve by providing compassionate, high-quality care, prevention and wellness education. In order to fulfill our mission and meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act, our community’s significant health needs were identified and prioritized through a community health needs assessment.
The process involved:
- Collection and analysis of a large range of data, including demographic, socioeconomic and health statistics, healthcare resources and patient use rates.
- Interviews with key informants who represent a) broad interests of the community, b) populations of need or c) people with specialized knowledge in public health.
- Circulation of a questionnaire to gather information about community residents’ opinions and concerns regarding healthcare.
The Community Health Needs Assessment document is a summary of all the available evidence collected during the initial cycle of community health needs assessments. It will serve as a resource until the next assessment cycle in 2016. Both the process and the document will assist Washington Regional in developing and implementing a plan to meet the community health needs identified through the assessment.