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Example Community Health Needs Assessment Report (ME)

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act require each non-profit hospital facility in the United States to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and adopt an implementation strategy to meet identified community health needs. In conducting the CHNA, non-profit hospitals are required to take into account input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health.

 

NACCHO is committed to helping local health departments (LHDs) strategically align their community health assessment efforts with other assessment initiatives such as those of non-profit hospitals.

 

In 2010, One Maine Health, a collaborative of EMHS, MaineHealth, and Maine General, commissioned the University of New England’s Center for Health Planning and Policy R... and the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine to conduct a state-wide Community Health Needs Assessment. The study was conducted to identify the most important health issues in the state and by county, using a scientific method to validate health indicators and to compare results. The assessment identifies priority health issues, which will be best addressed by health providers working collaboratively.

 

This community health needs assessment report identifies the most important health issues in the state. The report can help communities make decisions about the future of healthcare and prevention in Maine by identifying problems in various regions.

 

View the CHNA report here: http://chna.emh.org/

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