- An analysis of the economic impact of the local health sector that quantifies the impact of the health sector;
- A health services directory that lists current services and providers;
- A survey of local residents on their usage of health services and what additional services they would like to see offered; and
- A county-specific data and information report that includes economic, health and behavioral, education, crime, and traffic data.
- A deeper examination of location-specific health indicators and outcomes;
- An analysis of the demand for primary care physicians for the service area;
- Replacing the telephone-based community wide survey with a participant-based hand-held survey (which shifts the responsibility for gathering survey responses on attendees); and
- Constructing a prioritized list of community health needs and identifying potential remedies for their current health issues.
At this time, only 501(c)(3) hospitals are required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment; however, there has been an overwhelming demand from hospitals that do not fit this criterion to develop their own set of health-related community recommendations. The OORH and the Cooperative Extension Service will offer to provide the CHNA to any rural community that has a hospital with less than fifty beds. This evolution reflects the desire of the OORH and the Cooperative Extension Service to advance the goals of the Flex Program while helping hospitals with their increasing regulatory burdens, and promoting a forward-looking attitude among all rural hospitals in the state.
For more information about the Community Health Needs Assessment, contact Corie Kaiser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lara Brooks (email@example.com).
The aforementioned deliverables for communities that have completed the CHEP can be downloaded at the website of Oklahoma Rural Health Works.
 The Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health receives $650,000 through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources & Services Administration, United States Department of Health & Human Services. This grant funds 100% of the Community Health Needs Assessment and many other projects that benefit rural hospitals in Oklahoma.
 The needs assessment is one out of a total of four new requirements for 501(c)(3) hospitals included in the Affordable Care Act. The other three refer directly to financial pieces. Schedule H of IRS form 990 has been updated to include questions pertaining to all four new requirements.