Other Local Community Health Needs Assessments
Augusta and the CSRA
The Augusta area has benefited from community health needs assessments conducted by
health officials, policy makers, businesses, churches, community health and social
service organizations, philanthropists and educators.
A community health needs assessment provided the rationale for Augusta to house a
- OUTCOME: The proposal was accepted and Augusta now houses a beautiful facility to serve community
members’ fitness, recreational and educational needs.
The Family Y conducted a needs assessment with the Augusta Department of Recreation and Parks,
the East Central Health District VI, local elected officials, Y of the USA and the
Society of Public Health Educators to determine lifestyle effects of Richmond County’s
environment, systems and policies.
- OUTCOME: Three priorities were selected – childhood obesity, Augusta Greenway (walkway), and
Good Samaritan House Free Community Health Center
GHSU nursing students conducted a community health needs assessment in rural Dearing,
Ga., in 1991.
- OUTCOME: Dearing Baptist Church and the College of Nursing established a free community clinic
managed by a nurse practitioner serving 100 patients a month.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
Area health leaders conducted a community health needs assessment to advocate federal
funding for an Augusta faith-based clinic.
- OUTCOME: Belle Terrace Clinic’s status as a Federally Qualified Health Center enhances its
ability to meet the health care needs of south Augusta residents.
Greater Augusta Healthcare Network (GAHN)
This non-profit network of health care facilities, including area hospitals, faith-based
clinics, and the GHSU College of Nursing working to provide care for uninsured people,
hosts annual community forums to identify pressing health needs.
- OUTCOME: Recent forums helped advance initiatives in access to care, communication of health
and social service resources and literacy/health literacy.