Recently, I had the opportunity to participate with some of the staff of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) in a strategic planningmeeting for the Kingman Regional Medical Center and the Mohave County Health Department. This half-day meeting was the first part of their joint community assessment to determine the health needs of the residents of that part of Arizona and how best to meet those health needs.
We enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts and Susan Williams from the Mohave County Health Department, Jamie Taylor from the Kingman Regional Medical Center and their colleagues did a fantastic job of assembling many of the key community leaders together for our half-day meeting. There were roughly 50 key community leaders who freely gave up their morning to help out with the exercise, including the local police chief, vice mayor, sheriff, president of the local community college and others. We were so impressed to see these folks come out and contribute to the vision of healthcare in their community.
We worked with the participants to craft a vision for healthcare in their community, determine the key steps in their community assessment process and to develop a timeline for the completion of the activities. By the time the session was wrapped up, we had struck 3 task forces and hopefully helped to start the next chapter of healthcare in that part of the state.
If you are interested in having the staff from the CRH help facilitate your community assessment, let us know. We would love to help out!