CEDIK can work with your community to do a thorough assessment of community needs. CEDIK will work with community leadership to convene a steering committee that represents diverse audiences. The steering committee will be responsible for identifying individuals to participate in focus groups as well as determining the information to be collected in a survey. CEDIK will provide technical assistance in the design of the survey, as well as any demographic or economic data reports that are required to understand local conditions. CEDIK will facilitate the steering committee in the development of priority strategies for addressing the community needs that emerge.

Services and fees vary.

Questions? Contact Research Director Simona Balazs at (859) 218-5764.

Work Example: Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

Success: CEDIK Assists Rural Hospitals in Addressing Health Needs with Community Assessments in 2013 and 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2012 included a requirement for all non-profit hospitals to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) every three years and to create plans to address the identified community health needs. CEDIK completed the CHNA process (which included community surveys, key informant interviews, focus groups and prioritization of needs) for 33 small, rural hospitals in 2013. As part of the 2016 CHNA process, CEDIK asked each hospital to report their success in addressing the 2013 priorities over the past three years. CEDIK assisted nineteen hospitals in completing their 2016 CHNA and report success in addressing over 31 areas of improvement from their 2013-2016 chosen priorities. Here are the reported successes:

  • 19 hospitals increased community and individual educational programs: diabetes, nutrition, obesity, heart health, cancer, and wellness.
  • 13 hospitals improved access to care by adding specialty care through recruitment, hiring and telehealth.
  • 10 facilities increased access to care by adding or increasing hours that “after hours” clinics are open.
  • 10 hospitals demonstrated improved communication in these areas: between providers and patients, billing process and issues, additional hospital signs and increased education to the public on available hospital services.