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Community Health Needs Assessment – SGMC Lanier Campus

In FY2019, SGMC Lanier Campus commissioned Barlow-McCarthy to conduct a community-wide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a federal requirement for all not-for-profit hospitals under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of March 2010. It is a systematic, data-driven approach to determine the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the Lanier County area. For the purpose of this report, the community is defined as Lanier County, GA.

The study was conducted to identify the most important health issues in Lanier County using secondary and primary research to determine health indicators and risk factors. Research found that residents in this region rank care for the underserved the most pressing need. Over the next three years, the Community Task force, along with the Lanier Campus Administration and others will work to implement strategies to address improved care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Click here to view the FY2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report.

CHNA Implementation Strategy 

Over the next three years, SGMC Lanier Campus will work alongside other community agencies such as Lanier County Family Connection, Faith, Hope & Love Health & Wellness Center, the Lanier County Schools, the GA Partnership for Telehealth School Medicine Program, and the Youth Impact Center to host programs that address the health concerns found in the Community Health Needs Assessment. Several key strategies in the implementation plan includes researching the feasibility of adding a specialty clinic, providing better access to uninsured women and teens through a women’s health partnership with Faith, Hope & Love Clinic, facilitating Medicaid sign-up drives, and hosting meetings to coordinate improved mental health services. The plan also contains measures to monitor and evaluate the success of these programs. The implementation strategy was approved as submitted on Feb. 20, 2019 by the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia. 

Click here to view the full Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy.