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Health Care Providers Conduct Health Assessment

To ID areas of need and focus

Klickitat Valley Health, Skyline Hospital and the Klickitat County Health Department are jointly undertaking a countywide health needs assessment.

This assessment will provide a picture of the current health of Klickitat County residents and identify areas of need and future focus.

Results of the assessment, including a plan of action, will be widely distributed and shared with the Klickitat County residents.

The first step in the assessment is a countywide community survey. The survey will be conducted by telephone over the next two weeks. Households will be randomly selected to participate in the survey.

"The survey is an important element of the overall assessment," said Jane Palmer, nursing/community health manager for the Klickitat County Health Department. "We are really hoping that people will participate and give us their thoughts and ideas. Resources for health improvement efforts are limited and we really want to make sure our efforts have the most impact. The survey will only take a few minutes of time but will be vitally important."

In addition to the community survey, separate surveys will be conducted with area health care providers, hospital and health department employees and community leaders.

Surveys will also be available at the health department booth at the Klickitat County Fair, and will also be made available at several clinics in the coming weeks.

A countywide group will be convened to review survey results and develop a report to the community. One or more community forums to discuss findings and recommendations will be scheduled for the fall.

assessment results help to guide decisions about allocation of resources to improve the health and well-being of the people of the community.

The Health Needs Assessment is being funded through a grant from the Washington State Office of Community and Rural Health and support from the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts.

Assistance with the assessment is being provided by Seattle-based Health Facilities Planning & Development, a health care consulting firm with years of experience in helping health care organizations in community assessments and planning.

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