Community Health Needs Assessment
In 2013, to help inform future decisions and strategic planning, Mercy Medical Center (MMC) in Williston, N.D., conducted a community health needs assessment. Through a joint effort, Mercy Medical Center and the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences analyzed community health-related data and solicited input from community members and health care professionals. The Center for Rural Health’s involvement was funded through its Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. The Flex Program is federally funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy and as such associated costs of the assessment were covered by a federal grant.