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UMMC Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

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We will use this information to design and implement programs to address barriers to good health.  If you have questions, please contact the Bower School of Population Health at 601-984-1020.

Background and Reports

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted March 23, 2010, is a federal statute designed to drive better health outcomes, reduce the costs of healthcare, and improve practices among hospitals and primary physicians. The act includes the requirement that nonprofit hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. This requirement provides an opportunity for hospital organizations, numerous governmental public health agencies, and additional stakeholders to gather data that can be used to identify community needs and to inform strategies to address them. The purpose of this report is to present results associated with the CHNA for our community. The framework used to guide UMMC through the CHNA process was based on an adaptation of the Association for Community Health Improvement's Assessment Process:

  • Identifying the Team and Resources
  • Definining the Purpose and Scope
  • Collecting and Analyzing Data
  • Selecting Priorities
  • Documenting and Communicating Results

Consistent with the requirements of the ACA, qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized to collect primary data regarding perceive community health needs regarding adults in the catchment area served by UMMC, which includes all of Mississippi. Data for the reports below were drawn from community health needs assessments conducted throughout Mississippi. Extant data were drawn from the Mississippi Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Survey 2013 Prevalence Report, 2015 County Health Rankings for Mississippi, and America's Health Rankings 2014 Edition for Mississippi.

Community Health Needs Assessment Reports