Augusta Health to assess community’s health next week

Augusta Health to assess community’s health next week

Augusta Health, a health care provider previously known as Augusta Medical Center, has announced plans to evaluate the community’s state of health through a Community Health Needs Assessment starting next week.

A survey will be conducted to determine Augusta community’s state of health and wellbeing by collecting and analyzing data on conditions like diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease in addition to assessing the need for education on these issues.

When Augusta Health evaluated the health and wellbeing of the community three years ago, it had found many people struggling with depression, substance abuse, and finding affordable health insurance among other issues. There were also a notable number of teen suicide cases.

Lisa Schwenk, a spokesperson for Augusta Health, said, “This is a survey that is done every three years to determine holes in the area’s medical system. It tracks what our most common illnesses are and makes sure we have the proper treatment alternatives.”

The spokesperson added that nearly four hundred people have been contacted to participate in the upcoming survey, and that the information collected via the survey would then be entered into a database for further analysis.

Tax-exempt hospitals are required to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The survey is scheduled to start on March 22, 2016.

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