GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Health is once again conducting a community health needs assessment to identify current health needs and develop strategies to positively impact health and wellness changes. Goshen Health conducts a community health needs assessment every three years.
The overarching goal of the assessment is to create a long-term plan and systematic effort that improves community health and wellness. This goal is achieved through community engagement, healthcare education, preventive services and exceptional health care.
“Listening gives us the insight we need to best serve the people in our region,” Rob Myers, COO of Goshen Health stated. “Past assessments led to the development of the Goshen Center for Cancer Care, the Goshen Physicians Family Medicine and Urgent Care facility and the Get Fit Get Healthy program – all vital resources for our area.”
Goshen Health invited key community stakeholders to serve with Goshen Health Colleagues on a Community Advisory Council. This leadership group will provide counsel during the assessment process, help interpret the data collected and prioritize the identified health needs. The health needs process includes a review of benchmarked county health data along with an initiative that involves the community through surveys, focus groups and individual interviews. The process began in March and will continue through the end of the year.
Myers went on to say, “We believe the health needs of our community can best be understood and addressed through a process that includes engagement and shared ownership. We know we are stronger, and healthier, when we work together to serve those most vulnerable.”