Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, a member of Bronson Healthcare system, conducted this Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to further its commitment to the community and to fulfill the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
For the purposes of this CHNA, the definition of community is all residents of Calhoun County, Michigan. This CHNA began in July 2012 and was completed and approved by Bronson Healthcare's Board of Directors on November 22, 2013. The CHNA was conducted by Bronson Healthcare staff in collaboration with Oaklawn Hospital and Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center. Data on health needs were derived using three methods:
- Data gathered and analyzed from secondary sources such as US Census, Michigan Department of Community Health, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC),
- Eight population- and geographic-based focus groups (Albion community, Battle Creek neighborhoods, families with young children, local government staff, BHBP tribal population, rural communities, seniors and teenagers), and
- Key informant interviews with representatives knowledgeable in community service providers, healthcare providers, medically underserved populations, minority populations, rural populations, and business.
These data were analyzed to identify the top health needs of residents of Calhoun County:
- Access to healthcare
- Addiction (smoking, alcohol, prescription drugs)
- Chronic disease management
- Mental health
- Maternal & infant health
- Obesity & overweight
- Oral health
- Sexual health, teen pregnancy
Click here to read Bronson Battle Creek Hospital's complete CHNA report. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Amy Terry, community health coordinator, at (269) 341-6104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.