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After The Assessment: Will Community Health Needs Assessments Improve Community Health?


On May 30th, BCHS faculty Jessica Burke and Donna Almario Doebler presented “After The Assessment: Will Community Health Needs Assessments Improve Community Health?” as part of the 2013 Strengthening Healthcare and Public Health through Collaboration, Coordination and Communication Conference in State College, PA. Most hospitals prioritize the delivery of services to address individual patient treatment needs. However, a new section of the Internal Revenue Code requires hospitals to enhance the health status of the community-at-large in order to maintain tax-exempt status. Assessing and addressing community health needs are complex tasks that move hospitals into the realm of public health.

5/30/2013
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