Bronson Methodist Hospital, a member of the 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 Kalamazoo County, Michigan. This CHNA began in December 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 who engaged local organizations in the data collection. Data on health needs were derived using four methods:
- Data gathered and analyzed from secondary sources such as US Census, Michigan Department of Community Health, and Kalamazoo County Department of Health and Community Services,
- A county-wide survey, available online and in paper form, generating 1,159 completed responses,
- Focus groups with participants from vulnerable populations, specifically Women, Seniors, Youth, African Americans, and Low-Income residents of the county, and
- Key informant interviews with representatives of the community with unique knowledge of health issues affecting the community.
These data were analyzed to identify the top health needs of residents of Kalamazoo County:
- Access to healthcare
- Addiction (smoking, alcohol, prescription drugs)
- Cancer screening
- Chronic disease management
- Fair or poor health status
- Health education and literacy
- Mental health support
- Preventable mortality
- Oral health
- Safety (safe neighborhoods, bullying, violence)
- Sexual health, behaviors
- Vaccine preventable disease
Click here to read Bronson Methodist 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.