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Midland Health uses Community Health Needs Assessment to meet unique needs of Midland County

The health of a community is unique. A thumbprint of its make-up, it tells the story of the many unique and wonderful facets housed within its borders as well as opportunities for growth. 

Midland Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every four years to survey the overall health of Midland County. 

The CHNA for fiscal years 2020-2022 was completed in August 2019. The assessment included an extensive health data collection process and interview methodology. The results of the report guide Midland Health’s focus and community outreach initiatives in the proceeding years. 

CHNA is comprised of qualitative and quantitative data. Health data is collected from a variety of sources, such as the United States Census, Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJRF). 

Midland County ranked 29 out of the 244 counties in Texas in 2019. Midland County was ranked 42 in the state in 2018. The Community Health Rankings (CHR) report was conducted by RWJRF. 

The CHR ranking considered length and quality of life of a county’s residents as well as health behaviors, social and economic factors and clinical care. 

Individuals with special knowledge of public health in Midland County were interviewed during the data collection process for CHNA 2019. Interviewees were affiliated with state or local public health departments, organizations working with the medically underserved and minority populations or local community leaders. 

Interviewees categorized the affordability of health care, the effects of local population growth, access to mental and behavioral health resources and an increased need for community education as Midland’s greatest needs. 

Midland Health determined five priorities from CHNA’s findings. These priorities include the following as well as a variety of ways Midland Health continues to enact change and progress: 

Prevention, Education and Services to Address High Mortality Rates, Chronic Diseases, Preventable Conditions and Unhealthily Lifestyles. 

Midland Health believes education is a key component to our health as a community. We’ve created a robust outreach program as a pathway for education and interaction. The CHNA 2020-2022 encouraged the continued expansion of many of these successful programs. 

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