The Foundation for Community Health commissioned a community health needs assessment to document the health and health care needs in the region served by FCH in order to guide FCH’s strategic planning process. The assessment examines health conditions and health status, as well as perceived needs and possible services to address health concerns.
This needs assessment draws on quantitative and qualitative data from three sources:
Secondary data about community and health status and conditions come from the U.S. Census, national surveys and state agencies (labor, education and public health), as well as data collected by community-based agencies and researchers.
A web-based Community Stakeholder Survey, sent to approximately 450 stakeholders in or serving the 17 communities, was used to gather information about perceived health concerns and needed services in the region (43% response rate).
Ten focus groups with 82 community stakeholders representing a variety of sectors and interests were conducted to gather a more in-depth perspective on health status and needs in the communities served by FCH.