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Resources by Topic: Needs assessment methods and resources

Community Involvement of Critical Access Hospitals: Results of the 2004 National CAH Survey
Describes the ways in which Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are engaged with their communities. Discusses CAHs involvement in community needs assessment, outreach and formal health promotion programs, relationships with other community organizations, free or reduced cost health care, and hospital activities in support on special populations.
Author(s): Stephanie Poley, Rebecca Slifkin
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit
Contains eight modules that concentrate on different aspects of obesity prevention programs. Also shares best practices from successful obesity prevention programs that have been implemented in clinical, school, and community settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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On Center
This blog serves as a tool for conversation between the National Rural Health Resource Center and its customers and partners. Contributions from staff focus on performance improvement, health information technology, recruitment and retention, community health assessments, and networking.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
Created to assist 501(c)(3) hospitals in conducting their community health needs assessments, which are required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), every 3 years.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Institute for People, Place, and Possibility
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Rural Community Health Gateway
Provides resources to help build effective community health programs, improve services, and develop new programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation Topic Guide
An overview of rural health research, needs assessments, and program evaluation, with tools and resources to support these activities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Community Tool Box
Practical and detailed information and curriculum to support community health. Provides training and tools to help build skills on topics that include: cultural competence, community assessment, leadership, grant writing, and more.
Type: Website
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Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
Toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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