needs assessments

Having an up-to-date needs assessment of your target population and service area is a HRSA requirement for health centers and a SAMHSA requirement for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Information gleaned from your needs assessment provides the basis for developing and improving the services your health center delivers to the community.

Health Center Solutions conducts needs assessments tailored to the most recent CCBHC and health center requirements. For HRSA needs assessments we use Service Area Competition and New Access Point grant application formats which you can drop into your next grant application.

Our needs assessment will include the following critical information:

  • Identification of factors that impact access to primary care, health care utilization, and health status of the target population
  • Definition of service area and target population
  • Documentation on core health barriers and core health indicators
  • Unique characteristics of your target population and service area that should be considered as you develop or improve your services

For current health center grantees, the report will include a summary of performance data in comparison with other health centers in your service area including Unmet Needs Scores (UNS) and Service Area Status (SAS) scores.

Our completed assessments demonstrate the healthcare needs in the service area and target population through quantitative and qualitative data. The report can be easily adapted for grant applications and provides an excellent tool for your board to use in annual planning.

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