University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center recently began efforts to complete a new Community Health Needs Assessment.

Mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Community Health Needs Assessment is to be completed by hospital facilities every three years.

Most recently, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center conducted an assessment in 2018.

Results from the assessment will help to identify health needs for individuals across Southern Maryland, which will pave the way for health improvements on the local scale and has the potential to greatly impact community programs.

One of the main methods of evaluation for the Charles County CHNA is an online survey. This format ensures a quick and easy process that all local residents can participate in by going to the UM Charles Regional website and completing the linked survey.

“The survey is one of our greatest tools for completing the Needs Assessment,” Craig Renner, Director of Marketing and Communications at UM Charles Regional Medical Center, said in a news release. “We count on these responses to enhance our services and we want to make sure we’re inclusive of the entire population.”

After compiling data from the survey, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center will be able to develop and implement strategies based on the health needs identified. Recognizing gaps and key factors for community health is essential in making strides towards a healthier Southern Maryland.

Responses for the survey will be accepted through the end of the year.

For more information or to access the 2020 Charles County Community Health Needs Assessment as well as information from past years, go to UMCharlesRegional.org/community/CHNA.