SALINE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOST COMMUNITY NEEDS SUMMIT
SALINE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOST COMMUNITY
Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH), with collaboration from
other local health professionals and stakeholders, is working to identify
public health needs, goals and priorities. After months of data collection and
community health surveys, the results will be presented at a Community Health
Needs Assessment (CHNA) Summit on Tuesday, October 27 at Bishop Park in Bryant.
the past two months, we have analyzed public health data and conducted focus
groups to gain a better understanding of the healthcare needs in our community,”
said Rebecca Jones, director of marketing and community relations at SMH. “The
CHNA Summit is basically a consensus building session with Saline County leaders
to plan for health improvement in our community.”
CHNA data was collected in three phases. First, a phone survey of
residents in Saline County was conducted. This primary data helps provide
greater understanding into the health needs of the community from a
representative sample of the population. This data was matched with secondary
data from multiple sources including the Arkansas Department of Health
Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After collecting the primary and secondary data, a variety of methods
were used to solicit feedback from community representatives. These methods
included web based surveys and focus groups in which leaders expressed their
opinions about the most pressing needs of the community. Special attention was
paid to minority voices and those suffering from chronic illness.
The Summit, which is open to
the public, will be led by Stratasan, a third-party research partner who helped
conduct the CHNA research. Dr. Stephanie Bailey, MD, Dean for the College of Health at Tennessee State
University in Nashville, Tennessee and Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH Director
and Arkansas State Health Officer will also discuss state health objectives.
CHNAs are required for not-for-profit hospitals like
SMH as part of health care reform legislation. The full assessment is expected
to be finalized by the end of 2015 and will be made available to the public.
survey results will show what the concerns are as seen through the eyes of the
residents of Saline County,” said Jones. “The CHNA feedback is important to
identifying local health challenges and we look forward to working together for
The Summit will be held
October 27 from 8:00am-Noon at Bishop Park. If you would like to participate in
the Summit, please RSVP to 501-776-6764 or via email to Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org.