The Partnership is the organization responsible for assembling timely, relevant information to assist us all in achieving the highest level of health possible for our community, and to help with planning for improvement of health services and resources. This work is central to our Mission to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to improve the health and quality of life in Carroll County – as shown in the following CHNA history.
Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) History
- In 1996, a 40-person Steering Committee to lead a Community Health Assessment (AKA Needs Assessment) Project was formed by Carroll Hospital Center and the Carroll County Health Department,
- First major CHNA Project launched 1997-1998; included design and analysis by the Steering Committee of secondary data, provider, leader and household surveys and focus group results,
- Eight priority need areas Identified 1998 (Core Health Improvement Areas),
- The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, Inc. formed in 1999 to lead Hospital, Health Department and community-wide health improvement efforts,
- CHNA major updates led by The Partnership conducted in 2003, 2006, and 2008.
- Ongoing data tracking system (Healthy Carroll Vital Signs) established in 2006 and updated annually,
- 2012: second comprehensive CHNA Project and establishment of Our Community Dashboard.
Other Facts and Recent Developments
- Federal Health Care Reform Legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, requires hospitals nationwide to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every 3 years,
- State of Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission regulations also incorporate ACA elements regarding required Community Health Needs Assessment,
- The IRS requires that the IRS Form 990 completed by hospitals annually include evidence of Needs Assessment-based community benefit planning.
- In 2011, the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene established a State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) to be carried out with local hospitals and health departments; the Process includes analysis of local needs and review of data for 39 health indicators (with local data) to guide the Local Health Improvement Process.
Our organization is proud to be leading and stimulating progress through the collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment process.