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  • Health leaders ID Pima County’s four biggest health needs

    Jan 11, 2016 | Read More News
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    bicyclistsHow healthy is Pima County?

     The strongest areas of health for Pima County residents – as well as four critical areas that need attention – have been identified after a year of culling through data, interviewing key community leaders, holding focus groups and conducting an online survey.

    Highlights of the areas of strength and need will be released at a news conference, with the full report.

    What: The Community Health Needs Assessment, which serves as a roadmap to understanding the health needs of the Pima County population.

    Where: Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road, Conference Room 3110

    When: 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13

    Who: Leaders from the Pima County Health Department, Banner-University Medical Center, Carondelet, Tucson Medical Center, Northwest Healthcare, Healthy Pima, El Rio Community Health Center, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe will be available to discuss findings of unmet health needs and areas of strength.

    Why: In order to make good decisions regarding the health of Pima County, community partners committed resources to collectively review and analyze data in order to gain a common understanding of the community and identify how to work together to close gaps in services and better leverage community benefit programs. The Affordable Care Act requires all 501(c)3 hospitals to study the needs of the community every three years and the Pima County Health Department must undertake a similar effort every five years. By working together, health leaders have a common foundation to align priorities and actively address community health needs.

    How: The comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment is result of a collaborative effort that occurred late 2014 through 2015.  During this time a review of data culled from a variety of local, state and national sources was analyzed to help shape a current picture regarding the health of Pima County population.  Additionally, community input was included following interviews, focus groups, community forums and a web-based community health survey.