With greater than 95% of Calhoun students enrolled in the School Based Health program, exciting things are happening at the center. With a grant provided by Marshall University, the newest program is a web based Adolescent Self-Management Program focusing on 6th grade students at CalhounMiddle/High School with an abnormal (overweight) Body Mass Index (BMI).
Utilizing an Ipad, adolescent students are asked to complete a survey which screens for risks that can result in a negative impact on their health and life. As part of a self management idea, the student can develop their own action plan to make improvements in their health habits while receiving education and encouragement from our staff. The program is in the beginning stages and we are looking forward to analyzing our data and extending to more students.
Community Needs Assessment
The Community Needs Assessment has multiple purposes. It's first purpose is to meet the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), Public Law 111-148 enacted section 501(r) of the Code, which imposes additional requirements on charitable hospital organizations. Section 501(r)(3) requires a hospital organization to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (“CHNA”) at least once every three years and to make the CHNA widely available by placing it on the hospital’s web site.
It's other purpose is to provide the hospital with a document that highlights the data findings, outlines key needs in the hospital’s service area, and provides direction and opportunities for action through the adoption of an implementation strategy to meet those needs. This CHNA looks at health status, barriers to care, and other demographic and social issues affecting people and organizations throughout Calhoun and Gilmer counties and is intended to help improve the health of the area’s residents.