2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Kickoff Meeting
August 23, 2019 (Washington, IN) –Daviess Community Hospital was the site for a kick off meeting today for
the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Thirty-five key stakeholders
from Daviess County participated and have committed to actively participate
in this year’s 2019 CHNA focus groups.
Phil Ellis and Collette Rhoads from the Indiana Rural Health Association
(IRHA) facilitated the meeting which included discussions regarding our
Community/County strengths, values, and needs. The IRHA will assemble
the information from the meeting and begin the process of creating a county-wide survey
s, conducting individual interviews and tabulating the results.
The end result of the CHNA which is conducted every three years is to obtain
an assessment of the communities’ health status, barriers to care,
and other demographic and social issues affecting our community. The assessment
will help focus resources and drive change to support preventive healthcare.
The goals of these assessments are to 1) provide an understanding of the
health needs in our community; 2) guide county-wide collaborative planning
efforts for the next three years; and 3) to serve as the basis of an implementation
strategy that addresses prioritized needs. The benefits of the CHNA are
numerous including: raising awareness for key health issues, identifying
the issues and targeting root causes.
Since 2013, all Community Not-for-Profit Hospitals must complete a Community
Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in order to continue to receive IRS benefits
as a tax-exempt organization. One requirement is to obtain input from
leaders in the community who can provide observations and opinions regarding
community needs. Daviess Community hospital will use the results as it
develops its plan for responding to the needs which are identified.
Each of the top identified needs will ultimately have a task force from
DCH and the community working on solutions. Health needs which were identified
in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment were: Substance Use, Affordability/Accessibility,
Physicians, Obesity, & Mental Health. Results from the 2013 and 2016
CHNA led to Steering Committee and Task Force initiatives such as: sponsoring
the inaugural Hoosier Bicycle Classic, partnering with the Daviess County
Mental Health Association, working with Purdue Extension to host an Active
DCH has formed a core Steering Committee to work on implementation strategies
to combat each assessed need. The Steering Committee is comprised of several
members of the community and from the hospital.
Those members include from DCH: Scott Sell, Director of Strategic Development
(Chair), Tracy Conroy, CEO, Keith Miller, COO, Nancy Case, CNO, Randy
Russel, CFO, Angie Steiner, Director of Business Development, & Amy
Wagner, Corporate Health Consultant.
From our Community: Joe Wellman, Mayor, Dan Murrie, Prosecutor, Greg Smith,
Circuit Court Judge, Cindy Barber, Purdue Extension, Bryant Niehoff, Executive
Director Daviess County Economic Development, Dan Roach, Superintendent
Washington Community Schools, Jodi Berry, Asst. Superintendent, North
Daviess Community Schools, Mandy Ash, Barr Reeve School Nurse, Eric Bassler,
State Senator, and numerous other community representatives.