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Community Health Needs Assessment

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy

Learn more about our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy.

The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment

Good Samaritan Medical Center is actively engaged with its community and completed a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to understand the existing health status and needs in its community as well as build upon its 2012 CHNA. The 2015 CHNA represents a systematic approach to identify top healthcare priorities for 2016-2018 to guide efforts to improve community health and wellness in the City of Lafayette, Colorado and Boulder and Broomfield Counties. For non-profit hospitals, the Needs Assessment also serves to satisfy certain requirements of tax reporting, pursuant to provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Identification and Prioritization of Health Needs

Two sets of data were reviewed to identify top priorities for the communities served by Good Samaritan. Quantitative data was obtained from the Boulder County Health Compass website, and qualitative data was collected from an Online Key Informant Survey performed by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. As a result, 12 priority health needs were identified: Access to Health Services; Cancer; Diabetes; Exercise; Nutrition and Weight; Heart Disease and Stroke; Immunizations and Infectious Diseases; Maternal, Fetal and Infant Health; Mental Health; Older Adults and Aging; Oral Health; Respiratory Diseases; and Substance Abuse, including Tobacco. A web page was developed by Boulder Public Health specific to these identified existing needs as a data dashboard. The dashboard includes both Boulder and Broomfield County data and highlights the top 12 identified existing needs as well as mortality data.

Selection of Top Needs

On December 7, 2015, Good Samaritan hosted a one-time facilitated Community Health Needs Task Force session. Community representatives included public health, older and adult aging services, mental health, community food bank, and the local community health center. The hospital was represented by Mission, Community Benefit, Nursing, Palliative Care, Performance Improvement, Communications, Business Development, and the Emergency Department.

The meeting consisted of a presentation covering a history of the requirements for the community health needs assessment, top need selected in 2012 (Mental Health) and progress made on that need, a review of each of the new needs including survey participant comments, and a list of resources identified by survey participants. At the end of the Task Force meeting, participants used a scoring sheet to rank top needs the hospital should address. These needs were vetted by Executive Leadership at Good Samaritan and, based on the hospitals ability to influence, they selected Mental Health and Access to Health Care. These top needs will be the focus of the 2015-2018 Hospital Implementation Plan.

The 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment

In 2012, Good Samaritan partnered with the University of Colorado to assess the health status of the hospital's community. That CHNA highlighted the health status of the counties that make up the hospital’s community. Health indicators were organized according to a Health Equity Model which takes into account a wide range of factors that influence health such as the social determinants of health, health factors, life course perspective and population health outcomes. The health indicators selected for this community health needs assessment were:

After prioritization and vetting by hospital leadership, Good Samaritan selected to focus on Mental Health.

As we move into development of the Hospital Implementation Plan or if you have any questions, concerns or comments, you may contact Sandy Cavanaugh, VP of Mission and Community Relations, at 303-689-5210 or at sandy.cavanaugh@sclhs.net, or fill out the form below: