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Community Health Needs Assessment Summary

Definition: A community health needs assessment (CHNA) can be generally described as an activity of assessing the leading causes of physical and mental illness and death in a population.  Statistical data are analyzed to add credibility and validity to an assessment.  Community input is obtained and population perceptions are considered to assist in determining the perceived needs of a defined population, as well as focus efforts that will result in a positive outcome to the community’s health related awareness and perceptions, and ultimate health.

Perry County Memorial Hospital Procedure for completing a CHNA:  PCMH Leadership facilitated a process whereby data was analyzed and community input was obtained to define the actual and perceived health needs in the Perry County Community.  PCMH was a participant in a Community Wide Survey along with other significant community agencies (County Health Department, City Police, County Sheriff, Schools, TASK Force, Mental Health Board, and others) to obtain data on individual perceptions of health needs.  The data was managed electronically allowing one the opportunity to segregate data efficiently to understand specific subgroup perceptions.  Following the community wide survey, PCMH Leadership analyzed the data to narrow the perceived needs to the top five.  Leadership added to those top community needs other findings from previous surveys that had been focus points in the PCMH 2013-2016 CHNA Cycle.  A second, healthcare specific survey was then developed and circulated to over 250 hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and department directors.  From this survey, the top three needs became PCMH’s focused health need priorities and have been incorporated into PCMH’s CHNA and Implementation Strategy for the 2016-2019 cycle.  Time, planning and financial resources will be allocated to these priority areas in an effort to realize community health improvement. 

As the largest, most established, and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the community, PCMH will endeavor to increase awareness and points of access and affordability for these three prioritized health needs as a result of its 2016 CHNA:

Health Concern/NEED STRATEGY

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

(Awareness, Education and Support)

  1. Increase evidence-based cognitive screenings for at risk populations by developing tools to be used in primary care office settings designed to identify at risk individuals. Those individuals will then be tested further and services be catered to their needs.
  2. Provide Community Screenings semi-annually in targeted populations to identify, educate and screen population.
  3. Provided Provider education on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
  4. Increase caregiver education and support.

Substance Abuse and Mental Healthcare needs (outreach, access)

  1. Increase awareness of Mental Health issues: Create a method of outreach to inform the public of Mental Health issues; assign a community liaison to be responsible for providing information to the public; design a method of receiving feedback from the community in order to meet the needs of its members. Engage various services in the area to assist in this endeavor in order to reach as many members of the community as possible.
  2. Increase access to Mental Health services:Increase coordination of physical, mental, and substance abuse treatment to facilitate consistency and continuity in treatment. Target the age group, middle-aged men and women who do not receive mental health services, and encourage them to access services from various agencies; consider various options for members of the community looking for basic services such as stress reduction or support groups.

Cancer Care Needs

(build awareness, provide education, and offer clinical support)

Build Awareness of cancer risks, provide education related to prevention strategies, and offer clinical support for patients in need of oncology services.

  1. Promote cancer prevention tips/strategies to the residents of Perry County.
  2. Expand and promote cancer screenings for the residents of Perry County.
  3. Maintain Medical Oncology provider access locally.
  4. Build awareness of local Cancer Treatment options.


PCMH referenced community and outside resources in its development of a valid CHNA.   Those include:

  1. Perry County Survey, 2016, Perry County Community TASK Force, Perry County, Missouri.
  2. Health in Rural Missouri, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, Biennial Report, 2016.
  3. Perry County Community Assessment, Perry County Health Department, August 2016.
  4. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Population Health Institute: County Health Ratings for Missouri, 2016

INTERESTED IN MOREThose interested in more information pertaining to the PCMH CHNA, or the resources used in developing this Assessment, please feel free to contact the PCMH President/CEO or Director of Marketing by calling (573) 547-2536.  The 2016 PCMH CHNA document is widely available through this link to anyone, free of cost or consent. For our most recent strategy update, click here

INTERESTED IN MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TO THE FUTURE PCMH CHNA?  PCMH invites and accepts input regarding the CHNA and general community health needs from any and all Perry County residents, and will consider the professional advice of any expert in the field of community and population health.  Such input will be used in adapting our present and all future Community Health Needs Assessments and Plans.  You may direct your input to the PCMH Board of Directors, Administration and/or Marketing-Public Relations Department. PCMH will endeavor to renew its CHNA every 3 years to maintain compliance with the IRS Rule on Community Health Needs Assessments and related requirements for charitable hospitals.  


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