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I agree completely that hospital assessments of community health needs should be done collaboratively with local public health agencies and others in the community. I would go further to suggest that individual hospitals should be required to select priorities which are included within a comprehensive community public health assessment and plan, if one is available. We do not need multiple assessments, but rather collaborative and aligned action on key community priorities developed in a credible public health planning process. In Wisconsin the Hospital Association has encouraged members to rely on the priorities of the State Public Health Plan as a framework, for example. State laws call for public health agencies to lead community health assessments and planning periodically. These processes and plans can become increasingly meaningful if they are a framework for aligned action by multiple actors.
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Jul 13, 2010