Seven Eastern Montana Counties In Community Health Survey
September 08, 2011
Randomly selected community members in Custer, Dawson, Prairie, Powder River, Rosebud, Fallon, and Garfield Counties will receive a community health survey by mail. This survey, funded by a grant, will help Holy Rosary Healthcare identify the health services needed in eastern Montana. The information will be used for new programs and services, grant applications, and by community groups interested in addressing health issues.
Holy Rosary Healthcare has been selected by the Montana Healthcare Research and Education Foundation and the Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH) to participate in the Community Health Services Development Program (CHSD) with survey assistance from the National Rural Health Resource Center of Duluth, Minnesota.
"We are very excited about working with Holy Rosary Healthcare on this project," said Kristin Juliar, Director of the Montana Office of Rural Health. "The CHSD Program promotes health care as a local affair. Health care delivered in rural communities is affordable, high quality, and necessary to the good health of the entire community. Citizens of rural counties can take responsibility for the health of their community. Most communities face a large number of complex issues in providing high quality healthcare, but fortunately, eastern Montana can engage effective problem-solving, which is the most important factor in the survival of rural health services."
Custer, Dawson, Prairie, Powder River, Rosebud, Fallon, and Garfield Counties will receive assistance in identifying their most important health concerns through the use of an economic impact assessment and a community health survey that will be distributed to a random sample in late August and early September 2011. The survey will analyze local community needs, use of local health care services and overall community health. Please look for that survey in your mailbox. The community will then have an opportunity to listen to the results and offer feedback at a town meeting in the fall.
An accompanying goal is to keep health care dollars within the local community. While the vast majority of health care can be provided locally, rural citizens often drive to large medical centers for care, spending money on health care and non-health care purchases that could be spent locally. It is estimated that within a typical rural community, millions of dollars of revenue is lost in this way. This revenue could be retained in the local community with stronger community- health care provider linkages.
"We are pleased to be able to bring some of the best community health resources in the country to Holy Rosary Healthcare. The goal of this initiative is to assist forward-thinking rural hospitals and communities in aligning their resources, to address their present and future needs in the best way possible," said Terry Hill, Executive Director of the National Rural Health Resource Center.