District of Columbia Health Systems Planning & Primary Care Needs Assessment

Dates: 2016-2017

State: District of Columbia

Client(s): DC State Health Planning and Development Agency, Other

Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning

Technical Expertise: Health Disparities, Primary Care, Safety Net, State and Local Public Health

JSI is working with various groups in the District of Columbia (DC) to develop a Health Systems Plan (HSP) and a Primary Care Needs Assessment (PCNA), two distinct but coordinated documents. The HSP serves as a guide for the development of a comprehensive, accessible, and equitable health care system that provides high quality, cost effective care for DC residents. It also supports the administration and enforcement of regulations regarding the provision of uncompensated care to underserved populations. The HSP is developed through collaboration with the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) work group, including the Center for Policy Planning and Evaluation.

To conduct the PCNA, JSI is working with the Community Health Administration. The assessment involves collecting and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data to conduct an assessment of community need, health status, barriers to care, perceived services gaps, and service utilization. By identifying the health services and gaps in DC, this needs assessment can help improve access to primary care services.


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