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Resources by Topic: Needs assessment methods and resources

Conducting Community Health Needs Assessments: A Ten-Step Process
Outlines a 10-step process for conducting community health needs assessments centered around a broad-based Community Group. Based on a model developed by the National Center for Rural Health Works.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Early Care, Early Education, and Home Visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Design Options for Assessing Early Childhood Needs
Highlights a report presenting a framework for future studies of the unmet needs in early childhood care, education, and home visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Identifies study designs using existing data on the national level and designs requiring new data collection at the community level.
Author(s): Lizabeth Malone, Emily Knas, Michael Cavanaugh, Jerry West
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica Policy Research
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Leveraging University-Community Partnerships in Rural Georgia: A Community Health Needs Assessment Template for Hospitals
Reports on a University of Georgia project where students and faculty conducted a community health needs assessment (CHNA) for a rural hospital. Provides a detailed, step-by-step description of the process used.
Author(s): Ayanna Robinson, Sabrina T. Cherry, Michelle Elliott, Marsha Davis, Grace Bagwell Adams
Citation: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5(4), 365-372
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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Laying the Groundwork for a Capital Campaign
Webinar, presented on December 3, 2015. Discusses importance of community activation, stakeholder outreach, and creation of a capital campaign case statement. Includes suggestions for tracking and sharing impact of a capital project.
Author(s): Rebecca Polan
Date: 12/2015
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Self-Assessment Tool
Designed to help rural health networks examine and build organizational leadership capacity. Provides networks and stakeholders with information to evaluate areas of strength and challenges in their projects.
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, National Rural Health Resource Center
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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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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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