In 2007, the United Way of Blair County and the Blair County Human Services Office invited organizations to collaborate on a community-wide needs assessment.

Beginning in 2012, all hospitals were required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to conduct a community health needs assessment every three years and to develop an intervention plan to meet community health needs.

Ever since the needs assessments reports were published, our community has been taking action to address many of the issues discovered in the research.  Please review the following report which provides an overview of our goals, action steps, and accomplishments.

HBCC CHNA Summary 2012 – 2015

The Blair County Needs Assessment Partnership was formed to provide direction and on-going support for the project. The ultimate goal of the comprehensive assessment was to identify community assets, identify targeted needs, and develop an action plan to fill those needs.  This project was carried out utilizing the COMPASS II® tool, a guide developed by the United Way of America.

The primary purpose of the Blair County Needs Assessment was to provide the community with increased knowledge of the current challenges and issues that affect residents of the county, as well as the strengths and assets from which to create solutions. Both objective indicator (factual) data and subjective survey (opinion) data were collected utilizing the following methods:

  1. a written survey of randomly selected households in Blair County
  2. a written survey of businesses, associations, services providers, and faith organizations
  3. a written survey of key informants
  4. focus groups with representation from youth, persons with disabilities,  senior citizens,  and people dealing with family violence issues within the county
  5. secondary indicator data from local, state, and national reports
  6. community meetings

The surveys, focus groups, and data collection focused on ten issue areas: economics, education, environment, health, housing, leisure activity, safety, social, transportation, and other.  The results of the needs assessment are contained in the report, Blair County Profile: Our Strengths, Challenges, and Issues.

Blair County Profile: Our Strengths, Challenges, and Issues (Jan 2009)

Blair County Community Plan (March 2012)

UPMC Altoona, Nason Hospital, and Tyrone Hospital chose to collaborate not only with each other but with the existing Healthy Blair County Coalition.  Members of the Steering Committee view this as an opportunity to assess and hopefully impact all aspects of a “healthy Blair County.”  The first needs assessment as well as this one will provide stakeholders as well as the community with increased knowledge of the current challenges and issues that affect residents of the county, our strengths and assets, and a better understanding of the healthcare challenges and needs (e.g. access, gaps, prevention/education needs, etc.).

The following was conducted as part of the community health needs assessment:

  1. a written survey of randomly selected households in Blair County
  2. a written survey of businesses, labor unions, associations, services providers, and faith organizations.
  3. a written survey of key informants
  4. interviews with healthcare providers
  5. focus group with representation from youth
  6. secondary indicator data from local, state, and national reports

The results of the community health needs assessment are highlighted in the Blair County Profile II: Community Health Needs Assessment Report.

Blair County Profile II (2013)

The Healthy Blair County Coalition (HBCC) is a community partnership collaboration with the intent of providing a comprehensive and enduring assessment of the needs and assets in our community. Its purpose is to identify community assets, identify targeted needs, and develop an implementation plan to fill those needs. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted as a result of the Affordable Care Act Section 501(r)(3) which requires a hospital organization to conduct a CHNA at least once every three years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified through the CHNA.

The following was conducted as part of the community health needs assessment:

  1. a written survey of 3000 randomly selected households in Blair County
  2. the household survey was conducted by seven different organizations serving clients/consumers in Blair County
  3. a written survey of associations, services providers, and faith organizations.
  4. a written survey of key informants
  5. a community economic business survey
  6. interviews with healthcare providers
  7. secondary indicator data from local, state, and national reports

The results of the community health needs assessment are highlighted in the Blair County Profile 3: Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan.  The report also highlights the accomplishments and future strategies for each of the seven work groups or committees.

Blair County Profile 3 Report

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