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APD Releases 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment

01/28/2016

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) has released its FY15 Community Health Needs Assessment of the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.

The report was conducted from March through July of 2015 by Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and APD in cooperation with three other local hospitals, including New London hospital, Valley Regional hospital, and Mt. Ascutney hospital. The purpose of the assessment was to identify community health concerns, priorities and opportunities for community health and health care delivery systems improvement, and resources to address the concerns. The report is prepared every three years and was most recently completed in FY2012.  

The full report is now available.

The report was derived from surveys completed by more than 1,500 residents in in the primary service area of D-H and APD, which consists of 19 municipalities with a total resident population of approximately 70,000 people. In addition to the surveys, input for the report also came from surveys completed by nearly 120 community leaders as well as from focus group meetings with a diverse set of community members, including business leaders, teenage mothers, low-income families, and members of the United Valley Interfaith Project.

According to Nancy DuMont, APD’s Director of Community Health, “This report will be enormously useful to us as we consider how best to address the community health needs of the Upper Valley.”

APD expects to prepare and publish a Community Health Implementation Plan in response to this report later in 2016.

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