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Resources by Topic: Needs assessment methods and resources

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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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 CAH 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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Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
Toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security.
Date: 07/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Community Health Maps
Provides information and training for communities on tools that can be used to create maps presenting community health data. Includes tips on data collection, an introduction to GIS mapping, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Bird's Eye View, U.S. National Library of Medicine
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CHNA Report
Interactive tool for creating a customized county report for use in a community health needs assessment. Data indicators available cover demographics, socioeconomic factors, social determinants of health, healthcare access, health behaviors, and health outcomes.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: CARES Engagement Network
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Network Sustainability Toolkit
A resource to help rural leaders develop sustainable healthcare networks with increased long-term impact. Includes access to a network sustainability assessment, a collection of network-focused resources and tools, and case studies of successful rural health networks.
Additional links: An Introduction to RHI's Network Sustainability Toolkit: History and Background
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit
Contains seven modules that concentrate on different aspects of obesity prevention programs. Shares best practices from successful obesity prevention programs in clinical, school, and community settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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