Have you heard about MiHIA’s 14-county Regional Community Health Needs Assessment (RCHNA)?

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, every three years, all not-for-profit hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and adopt an implementation strategy, or Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP). A CHNA is a health assessment of an area that identifies key health needs and issues, utilizing a systematic and comprehensive data collection and thorough analysis. MiHIA’s Regional CHNA (RCHNA) is the result of almost three years of intensive study, data gathering, systems implementation, statistical analysis, and strategic thinking by our staff and volunteers that make up the Population Health Strategy Team, Quantitative Analysis Team, and the Board of Directors who reviewed it for final approval. From the RCHNA, we formulated the Regional Community Health Implementation Plan (RCHIP).

In partnership with MiHIA and in alignment with federal guidelines and best practice standards, we are pleased to share that two hospitals in our region, Ascension St. Joseph located in Iosco County and Ascension Standish Hospital located in Arenac County, have completed their 2019 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) as an extension of MiHIA’s 2019-2021 RCHNA. The partnership with MiHIA and leveraging our RCHNA, RCHIP, and the Health Dashboard 4.0, has resulted in eliminating duplication of data collection efforts, spending on assessment costs, and ensuring health system timelines were met.

For our region, this also means more strength and momentum to the two areas of priority identified:

Obesity-related Adverse Health Conditions (some examples include: Type 2 diabetes, heart disease/stroke, and some cancers.)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (also known as ACES, and refers to all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18.)

“At Ascension St. Joseph, we are working to align our resources with other community organizations to identify and support people that have been subject to traumatic experiences. With our community partners, we have the common goal to limit the detrimental impacts to the long term health of the individuals and community we serve,” reports Shane Hunt, RN, BBA, MSA, Hospital Administrator at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital.

The congruency between MiHIA and Ascension means that the negative health effects of obesity and the treatment of trauma experienced in childhood will now take a faster path to attention and care. And that is great for everyone involved.

“Partnering with MIHIA has become one of Ascension Standish Hospital’s greatest strengths in our ability to help our community attain happy and healthy lives. The available resources are endless and pertinent to the community health needs,” said Rose Goick-Saddler, MSN, RN, Ascension Standish Hospital Administrator. “A great example is their virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that was implemented right here in Standish. It’s as simple as a referral from a physician and the patient can complete the program at their own pace or in a group setting that would allow for individual sharing as well as shared group learnings. In addition, the DPP offers personalized coaches for assistance in educating or overcoming struggles. MIHIA is a great partner in connecting rural communities, like Standish, to services that otherwise may not be available. We are so appreciative to have the opportunity to offer an already established program like DPP that benefits the hospital and community residents.”

To view Ascension St. Joseph’s Hospital and Ascension Standish Hospitals’ CHNA and Implementation Plans, visit www.ascension.org.