Healthy Washington County FY22 Community Health Needs Assessment
(Hagerstown, March 4, 2022) – Mental health, obesity and substance use are top three health priorities in Washington County, as identified by the FY 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment.
Every three years, this study is conducted to identify the health strengths, challenges and opportunities unique to our community. The information provided in the report is critical to those in positions to make positive impacts on the health of the region’s residents. The assessment identifies major health concerns, gaps in services and other disparities.
This report is based on epidemiological, qualitative and comparative methods that assess the existence of health issues within a defined community and the health services, gaps and disparities that people may encounter related to those health issues. This CHNA report includes findings, survey results, conclusions and an implementation plan that has been made widely available to the public via Meritus Health, Brook Lane Health Services, Washington County Health Department and Healthy Washington County websites.
The express purpose of the FY2022 CHNA was to complete a comprehensive assessment of the health status and healthcare access needs of residents living in the Washington County healthcare region. The objectives of the assessment include:
- Review the FY2022 health needs and determine what progress has been made
- Identify the current health status of community residents to include baseline data for
benchmarking and assessment purposes
- Identify the availability of treatment services, strengths, service gaps and opportunities
- Determine unmet community health needs and target priorities
- Develop a plan to direct community benefit and allocation of resources to meet
- Enhance strategic planning for future services
- Meet the CHNA requirements for Brook Lane Health Services and Meritus Medical
Center as not-for-profit hospitals
Click below to view the FY22 CHNA and past years