Community Health Needs Assessment

The Oklahoma Office of Rural Health (OORH) works closely with and facilitates Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) for rural hospitals across the state. The CHNA process was adopted to meet the regulatory requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The regulations stipulate that 501(c)(3) hospitals (not-for-profit facilities) who submit an IRS Schedule H, Form 990 must complete a CHNA every three years. The general idea behind the needs assessment is to gather community input that leads to recommendations of how the local hospital and health sector as a whole can better serve their residents.

The CHNA process includes four community meetings with broad representation from the local community and patients served.  It is imperative that those representing public health and those who represent or work closely with minority or low-income populations be included in the process. Deliverables from the process include:
  • A demographic analysis of the hospital’s medical service area;
  • An economic impact of the health sector;
  • An analysis of county-specific health indicators and outcomes;
  • A community survey of health care services and utilization;
  • A primary care physician demand analysis; and
  • A comprehensive final report that documents all methodology, health concerns identified and prioritized, and an implementation plan.
The OORH has completed the CHNA process for hospitals in the counties highlighted in orange on the map below. Select a county on the map or via the drop-down list to view the final needs assessment report. All documents open as Adobe PDF files.

For more information about completing a CHNA, please contact the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, 405-840-6500, Lara Brooks (lara.brooks@okstate.edu) or Corie Kaiser (corie.kaiser@okstate.edu).

Canadian County Jackson County Craig County Osage County Roger Mills County Kiowa County

Adair County


Atoka County


Beckham County


Blaine County


Caddo County


Canadian County


Carter County


Choctaw County


Coal County


Craig County


Dewey County


Ellis County


Hughes County


Jackson County


Jefferson County


Johnston County


Kingfisher County


Kiowa County


Latimer County


LeFlore County


Lincoln County


Logan County


Love County


Major County


McClain County


Noble County


Osage County


Pawnee County


Pushmataha County


Roger Mills County


Sequoyah County


Tillman County


Wagoner County


Woods County


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