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Resources by Topic: Needs assessment methods and resources

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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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)
Tool designed to assist 501(c)(3) hospitals in conducting community health needs assessments required by the Affordable Care Act.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems
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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. Discusses the roles each of these activities play in helping rural stakeholders understand rural health needs and identify effective interventions.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Community Tool Box
Practical and detailed information and resources 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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