Mar
29
2018

2018 Pediatric Community Health Needs Assessment Underway Soon!

The 2018 marks the third Pediatric Child Health Needs Assessment for our community, with previous iterations conducted in 2012 and 2015. A steering committee comprised of leaders from partner institutions is rethinking our community’s measure of childhood health and well-being, and the resulting tool is far more comprehensive and factors in where a child lives, learns and plays. The 2018 PCHNA aligns to the Institutes of Medicine’s Conceptual Framework for Child Health and contains “traditional” health domains such as current health status and biological influence but is also inclusive of social, physical, and environmental factors that influence child health.

Beginning In late March, a PCHNA phone survey will be conducted with households in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawatomie counties.  We ask our partners to build awareness of the survey with the families they serve and encourage their participation. 

Dr. Debra Tomek, Building Healthy Future’s Medical Advisor, sees the need to collaborate on the PCHNA with the health institutions serving children in the region, “Partnering early on in the assessment and prioritization process allows all child serving organizations to align their community investment strategies in order to move the needle on children’s health issues.”

In addition to a phone survey, an invitation for key-stakeholders to complete an on-line survey will circulate in early April.  Data analysis and community meetings will follow later in the summer and fall to guide the determination of the child health priorities.

On behalf of Boys Town Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and Building Healthy Futures we extend our thanks for your continued support and interest in children’s health and well-being in our community.

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