A. The Partnership Board of Directors Role
The Partnership Board of Directors oversaw the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) – a landmark event that brought more than 50 leaders together around a common goal of identifying health improvement needs within the Carroll County community. Additionally, the Carroll County Health Department’s state-required Local Health Improvement Process requires a coalition of community members, leaders, and health services providers to review recommendations and approve processes proposed by Health Department leaders. Our Board willingly took on the responsibility of serving both as leader of the CHNA, and as the Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC).
B. CHNA Committee
Because of the importance and rigorous nature of this work, the Partnership Board established a committee to provide day-to-day leadership and direct supervision for both the Community Health Needs Assessment and the Local Health Improvement Planning Process.
C. Carroll Hospital Center
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires tax-exempt hospitals to assess the health needs of their communities and adopt an implementation strategy to address identified needs at least every three years. The Partnership leads the process to assure Hospital compliance with this requirement.
D. Cancer Committee, Carroll Hospital Center
Carroll Hospital Center is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC), placing its cancer services among the best in the nation. The Cancer Center is participating in our current CHNA process, and is conducting additional needs assessment processes specific to cancer survivorship. These will augment efforts to improve patient navigation, as required by the COC. Assessment results will be used to guide the Cancer Center’s efforts to address health care disparities and barriers to care for patients.
E. Carroll County Health Department (SHIP and LHIP)
As part of the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP), all local health departments in Maryland were mandated to complete a Local Health Improvement Process (LHIP) in FY2012. This LHIP requires a coalition of community members, leaders, and health services providers to review proposed recommendations and approve improvement plans.
F. Transportation Survey
The Department of Citizens Services (DCS) led the development of a Transit Development Plan (TDP) for Carroll County in 2012. The TDP is intended to:
- Serve as a management and policy document for the Carroll County public transportation program.
- Provide Carroll County’s transportation program with the basis for including capital and operating projects in their Annual Transportation Plan (ATP) that serves as their annual grant application for transit funding.
- Meet a requirement by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to conduct a TDP every five years.
- Provide MTA with information necessary for programming and planning, as well as an up-to-date record of Carroll County’s transportation program capital and operating budgets.
Data was collected for the TDP through various avenues, including a Transportation Survey. This information was shared and analyzed as part of the CHNA.
G. LMB Youth and Families Needs Assessment – FY2012
The Local Management Board of Carroll County, Maryland (LMB) is comprised of public and private community representatives who share responsibility for implementing a community-based, interagency, service and support delivery system for children, youth, and families. As part of its own FY2012 Youth and Families Needs Assessment, the Local Management Board has assembled community data, conducted a parent community survey, and conducted a survey of middle school youth. The LMB FY2012 Youth and Family Needs Assessment will help to identify issues that are important to parents and youth, and allow planning based on community and family strengths and needs. This information was included in our comprehensive CHNA.
- LMB FY2012 Youth and Families Needs Assessment Data
- LMB Parent Community Survey Tool
- LMB Middle School Student Survey web page