Technical Assistance - Community Health Needs Assessments
Moving forward, The North Dakota Center for Rural Health will no longer complete
Community Health Needs Assessments as a form of technical assistance. However, we will
continue to provide resources and support critical access hospitals in this process.
Purpose of conducting a community health needs assessment
Describe the health of local people
Identify use of local healthcare services
Identify community needs; and
Identify action needed to address the future delivery of healthcare in the defined
Access to timely input from the local community, providers, staff as well as
secondary data related to health conditions, disease status, and more.
Information to guide decision making, marketing efforts, and the development of a
Community engagement and local involvement that informs the future of healthcare
Meets federal regulation requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act for charitable hospitals. To help ensure compliance with regulations, the Center
for Rural Health has developed a checklist to use when preparing a community health
needs assessment written report and implementation strategy.
Options for Completing Community Health Needs Assessments:
Complete your Own
Resources have been developed to assist critical access hospitals
interested in completing their own assessment and are available below:
Hire a Consultant
Facilities unable to complete their own assessment may hire a consultant.
Below is information for consultants the North Dakota Center for Rural Health is aware of that currently
complete Community Health Needs Assessments. This is not intended to be an endorsement of any particular
consulting firm nor is it an exhaustive list.