Community Health Needs Assessments
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 and places a significant focus on community-based prevention, requiring nonprofit hospitals such as Lakes Regional Healthcare to show that they understand and engage with their communities to identify the most pressing needs of their communities. Local public health departments are also required to assess the health needs of communities. In addition to the gathering of existing health data, a Community Health Needs Assessment is a way to identify services that are needed in a community and is a vehicle in which to develop an implementation plan to address these needs. After the Community Health Needs Assessment is developed, a Health Improvement Plan to address the identified needs is created.
Lakes Regional Healthcare and Dickinson County Public Health partner to develop a joint Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan, both of which are below.