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Community Health Needs

Assessing our communities for a healthier tomorrow

St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR), Morehead State University (MSU) and the Gateway District Health Department (GDHD) joined together to form the "Gateway Wellness Coalition." The GWC is conducting extensive community health need assessments infour of the Gateway-area counties (Bath, Menifee, Morganand Rowan). The goal for the assessments is to help identify the most crucial health needs and concerns in our region so we can work together to develop a plan of action to address the identified health priorities.

Health Needs Assessment

Gateway Wellness Coalition

Gateway Wellness CoalitionThe GWC will conduct the health assessment using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) assessment tool. This tool provides the framework for assembling the variety of organizations, groups and individuals that comprise the local public health system to create and implement a community health improvement plan that targets services and education programs.

"The goal for the assessment is to help us identify the most crucial health needs and concerns in our community so we can develop a plan of action to address identified health priorities," says Mark J. Neff, SCH President and CEO. "This will include a complete analysis of our assets, resources and data obtained during the assessment to better enable us to plan for the future healthcare needs in our community."

The GDHD has a longstanding history of working collaboratively with SCH and other health organizations to assess and address community needs. "The community needs assessment is a vital tool that will help us determine parts of our population who are most at risk for various diseases," says Jahnna Lane, Nursing Director for the GDHD. The GDHD will be conducting field surveys from community events, health fairs and churches as well as other civic organizations.

Accurately assessing the health situation of our community is important when making decisions about allocating public or private resources. "Understanding the health of our community will enable MSU to address our community's health needs and lead the way in promoting healthy behavior choices," says Dr. J. Marshall, MSU Executive Director of Regional Engagement. MSU's nursing students will perform community assessments in allfour counties as part of their community health course studies.