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ICH Impact Case Examples: Assessing and Prioritizing Community Needs
As part of ICH’s needs assessment services, ICH works with a variety of communities on assessing and prioritizing community needs. Examples of some of our recent work include:
Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments: IRS regulations now require all not-for-profit hospitals to complete community health needs assessments (CHNAs) every three years. Since 2012 ICH has worked with 3 hospital systems – Hallmark Health System, Harrington Hospital and Jordan Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth) to conduct their CHNA. The support provided by ICH has been tailored to meet the needs of each particular client and has included secondary data review, stakeholder and provider interviews, community focus groups and surveys, and report writing. In each case ICH has helped the hospital system to identify major concerns and vulnerable populations in their catchment area and develop priority focus areas for community and population health. The hospitals are using this information to prioritize resources and strengthen community programming and clinical services, leading to improved patient and community health.
Malden Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data is an important tool in enabling schools and communities to monitor the health of their youth and develop strategies for improvement. ICH has been working with the Malden Public Schools to conduct their YRBS in grades 6-12 since the 2011-2012 school year. ICH leads survey development, offers technical assistance around the survey implementation process, conducts the survey analyses, and develops reports that are disseminated to school leadership and the public. The 2011-2012 high school YRBS found improvements across many areas, including substance use, violence, and sexual behaviors. Areas of concern were identified around bullying, binge drinking, mental health, and physical activity and healthy eating. The Malden Public Schools have used this data to educate their staff on the importance of supportive services, identify areas of focus for local work groups and coalitions, and seek funding for programs to ameliorate needs. To date they have received 3 grants directly as a result of their use of YRBS data.
Learn more about ICH’s needs assessment services here.