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Resources by Topic: Needs assessment methods and resources

Operational Considerations for Facility Planning and Capital Project Management
Webinar, presented on November 24, 2015. Discusses ways to choose a project planning team and how to plan a project from assessment through program and facility plan.
Author(s): Rebecca Polan, Rick Breuer
Date: 11/2015
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Strategic Capital Planning and Capital Budgeting
Webinar, presented on November 17, 2015. Discusses importance of capital budgeting, with suggestions for creating organizational budgets. Includes statistics on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid outlays projected through 2075, and healthcare costs as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product and per person expenditure.
Author(s): Terry Glasscock, Rick Breuer
Date: 11/2015
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Journey to Meet Emerging Community Benefit Requirements in a Rural Hospital: A Case Study
Historical review of relationships between government and nonprofit community hospitals, and case study of legislative mandates and community benefit requirements as applied by a small hospital in rural northern Indiana. Includes statistics with breakdowns comparing Wabash County Health with national benchmarks for selected health outcomes.
Author(s): Allison V. Sabin, Pamela F. Levin
Citation: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 21(1)
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
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Community Engaged Residency Education in Rural Places (CERE-R): Conducting a Rural Residency Capacity and Sustainability Assessment
Outlines a process for discerning community capacity for residency education, building on the assets of rural places and the expertise of communities and medical educators to meet the healthcare needs of rural people. Includes a template for exploring community assets, a capacity inventory of resources, sample documents, and lists of resources.
Author(s): Randall Longenecker, David Schmitz
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RTT Collaborative
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Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments: Approaches and Benefits for Critical Access Hospitals
Informs the efforts of state Flex Programs to support Critical Access Hospitals in conducting collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments. The results of these assessments can be used by hospitals as well as state Flex Programs to inform their ongoing strategic initiatives.
Author(s): John A. Gale, Andrew F. Coburn, Helen E. Newton
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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A New Lease on Life
Suggests that small hospitals should move away from acute care and work instead to house all local health-related activities.
Author(s): Wayne Myers
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit
Designed to help rural hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment, which is a requirement for all 501(c)(3) hospitals.
Author(s): Gerald A. Doeksen, Cheryl F. St. Clair
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Center for Rural Health Works, Oklahoma Office of Rural Health
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Best Practices for Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy Development: A Review of Scientific Methods, Current Practices, and Future Potential
Discusses how public health and non-profit hospitals can work together to assess community health and plan for improvement. Addresses reasons rural hospitals and public health can benefit from working together. Based on a July 2011 public forum convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Author(s): Kevin Barnett
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Institute
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New Medical School Engages Rural Communities to Conduct Regional Health Assessment
Describes how a medical school in rural Pennsylvania partnered with local communities to inform the school's curriculum and research agenda.
Author(s): Mariana Garrettson, Vera Walline, Janelle Heisler, Janet Townsend
Citation: Family Medicine, 42(10), 693-701
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
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Community-Based Needs Assessment: Assisting Communities in Building a Stronger EMS System
Outlines a community planning process for rural EMS systems that that engages local stakeholders to facilitate appropriate planning and decision-making at the local level.
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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