Covington Hospital Launches New Strategies to Improve Community Health
COVINGTONGeorgia. – Hospitals in Piedmont have completed their respective Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), which are part of a regulatory responsibility within the framework of a not-for-profit health system, and on November 15 began the implementation implement new strategies to improve the overall health of the communities they serve.
The Piedmont Community Benefit team conducted interviews across Georgia with more than 200 stakeholders, who provided insight into the particular health needs in their respective communities.
“Piedmont exists to serve its communities and the community health needs assessment helps us see where our resources can make a positive difference in the lives of community members who need them most,” said Vice President of External Affairs of Piedmont, Thomas Worthy. .
“Piedmont empowers Georgians by helping them reach their full potential and by better meeting the needs of our communities, we help Georgian citizens live healthier and more fulfilled lives.”
Among the priorities that local councils in Piedmont have ratified as priorities are:
• Ensure affordable access to health, mental and dental care. “We will work to ensure that all members of the community have access to affordable health, mental and dental care, regardless of income. This includes partnerships with community organizations, as well as internal programs to increase access to services.
• Reduce preventable cases of cancer and cancer deaths. “We will promote both the prevention and treatment of all cancers, and in particular among those most vulnerable to the disease. This includes community screenings and promoting programs to support community members with cancer and their families.
• Promote healthy behaviors to reduce preventable chronic conditions and diseases. “We will actively promote healthy behaviors and encourage community members to stop risky behaviors, such as smoking, as well as make efforts to fight obesity. This includes education and widespread health programs.
• Reduce preventable cases and deaths from heart disease. “We will promote both prevention and treatment of heart disease and emphasize early detection and healthy behaviors to help reduce risk. We will pay particular attention to populations most at risk for heart disease. »