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Eastern Health begins needs assessment in Northeast Avalon


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People who live in the Northeast Avalon area of the province will soon have the opportunity to make their views known about their community’s health needs.

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People who live in the Northeast Avalon area of the province will soon have the opportunity to make their views known about their community’s health needs.

One of the responsibilities of a regional health authority in our province is to assess health and community services needs on an ongoing basis. In 2005, Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees identified completion of community health needs assessments as a strategic priority. To date, needs assessments have been completed on Bell Island, the Burin Peninsula and the Southern Avalon.

Eastern Health’s fourth needs assessment will cover the Northeast Avalon using the geographic boundaries of the Capital Coast Economic Zone (Zone 19) minus Bell Island, and will include: Avondale, Chapel’s Cove, Colliers, Conception Bay South, Conception Harbour, Harbour Main, Holyrood, Marysvale, Mt. Pearl, Paradise, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Pouch Cove, St. John’s, Torbay.

Ultimately, a community health assessment should be used to inform decision makers (Eastern Health, physicians, government, community advocacy groups and other interested agencies) about the health of the population in order to assist with health and program planning, organizational priority setting and resource allocation.

As one step in the needs assessment process, a telephone phone survey was completed of 963 random households in the Northeast Avalon area. The surveyors asked questions about primary health care; navigation of the health and community services system; satisfaction levels; health and community issues and demographics. Several other data collection mechanisms such as focus groups, key informant interviews and oral and written submissions will also be used in order to elicit as much feedback from individuals and community partners as possible.

Eastern Health will be providing the NLMA with a copy of the telephone survey results and the entire needs assessment report, once they are completed.

For more information about the needs assessment please email  Lisa Browne, Eastern Health Planning Specialist  or call (709) 466-5863.

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