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Published on November 23, 2015

Hospitals seek community input on Health Needs Assessment of the region

What are the top health concerns for Cape Cod? Be part of the conversation when Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital hold three forums in early December to gauge feedback on the health needs of Barnstable County. The events, which are free and open to the public, will be held:

  • December 3 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Falmouth 
  • December 4 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Orleans Community Center, 44 Main Street, Orleans 
  • December 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth

Every three years, the hospitals conduct a joint community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify and prioritize the most significant health needs of residents in all of the 15 towns from Bourne to Provincetown. The hospitals collect information by hosting community input forums for residents and health and human service agencies, and interviewing public health experts and leaders of organizations that serve vulnerable and medically underserved populations. The review also compares county health indicators and quality life data to that of the state and the U.S.

The significant health needs identified through data collection and community input are distinguished and prioritized based on their frequency, urgency, scope, severity and magnitude. In addition to identifying the health priorities, the assessment also defines specific vulnerable populations, inventories all available services and resources in the region and identifies the programs and activities that the hospitals will participate in to address the issues.

”The community health needs assessment is the foundation of Cape Cod Healthcare’s Community Benefits strategic planning,” said Theresa Ahern, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Government Affairs. “It allows Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital to better align community health grants with the significant health needs in our community.”

The last Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital CHNA and Implementation Plan was made available to the public in 2013 and covers the years 2014-2016. The significant health needs identified in that report included access to care, chronic and infectious diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and Hepatitis C, mental health, and substance use disorders.

Since the report was made public, Cape Cod Healthcare, the parent organization of both hospitals, has focused its program development and community investment activities on these priorities. In addition to the $22 million Cape Cod Healthcare spent in 2014 (the latest year expenditures were reported) through its Community Benefits initiatives, the organization has partnered across the community with other health and human service organizations to improve how residents manage their health outside of the hospitals.

The 2017-2019 CHNA will help discover whether some or all of these issues remain priorities in Barnstable County or whether new concerns have emerged.

For more information about participating in the December community input forums, please call 508-862-7896 or email communitybenefits@capecodhealth.org

Media Inquiries

All media inquiries should be directed to Robin Lord, Director of Communications.

Phone: 508-862-7891

Cell: 774-236-9602

rlord@capecodhealth.org