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Community Health Needs Assessment

Overview

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s requirement to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years, Asante partnered with Professional Research Consultants, Inc. to complete 600 community surveys in 2011. That year, we also held a focus group comprised of 12 key community leaders from Jackson and Josephine Counties. The focus group discussed the individual leaders’ experiences and perceptions of the top health concerns in our community. Also required is the development and execution of an implementation strategy to address these concerns.

Identified Health Needs    

The top five health needs identified by both survey and focus group participants are:

  1. Mental/behavioral health
  2. Substance abuse treatment
  3. Access to healthcare
  4. Health education
  5. Obesity

Implementation Strategy

Asante will address the top identified community health needs in the following ways:

  1. Mental/behavioral health
    1. Continue to provide high-quality care to behavioral health patients at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, which houses the only inpatient behavioral health unit in Southern Oregon
    2. Partner with the Jackson County Health Department to build one of the only full-service treatment facilities in Oregon for children suffering from autism
    3.  Develop primary care behavioral health teams to coordinate the care of patients in a prior to the need for inpatient care
  2. Substance abuse treatment
    1. Continue to work with local providers such as the Addictions Recovery Center to coordinate care
    2. Continue to work with the Jackson County Health Department to provide community awareness regarding the growing problem of opioid abuse in Southern Oregon
    3. Engage in a region-wide opioid program to coordinate and standardize the provider response for potential abusers
    4. Serve as a major corporate partner for the Southern Oregon Meth Project, a public awareness/education campaign sponsored by KOBI NBC-5
  3. Access to healthcare
    1. Build a group of 60 to 80 employed primary care physicians by the year 2016 through Asante Physician Partners; many of these providers will offer after-hours and weekend walk-in clinics
    2. Provide additional access to urgent care in Grants Pass in the Outpatient Center at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center beginning August of 2014
  4. Health education
    1. Provide four no-cost community health education presentations each year to be held in Medford, Ashland, and Grants Pass
    2. Offer community cooking and nutrition classes in Grants Pass using demonstration kitchens housed in the Outpatient Center at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center beginning August 2014
    3. Develop a patient centered medical home model in which patient education and engagement in their healthcare is a critical success factor
  5. Obesity
    1. Continue its partnership with Oregon Surgical Specialists to provide weight loss surgery at the Southern Oregon Bariatric Center, including making it available for all 10,000 lives covered by Asante’s healthcare coverage plan
    2. Incorporate nutrition and weight management information in community health education presentations when appropriate 

Download 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment - Asante (PDF)

 

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