Augusta Health Reveals Initial Findings Of Health Evaluation

FISHERSVILLE– Cancer, dementia, diabetes, injury and violence all leading the list of areas of concern and issues Augusta Health prepares to attend to as part of its Community Health Needs Assessment.Bruce Lockwood, director for community health for Specialist Research Consultants Inc.(PRC), shared 13 health findings where the region’s health care system can be enhanced throughout a discussion of the assessment at Augusta Health on Thursday.Among a few of the findings, individuals in Staunton are more likely to pass away from a stroke than those living in Waynesboro or Augusta County and the area’s suicide rate was higher than state and nationwide levels.Underlining a number of the health concerns determined by PRC from the information gathered in your area was a requirement for much better access to healthcare services whether due to an absence of insurance coverage, earnings restrictions or availability barriers.The assessment, which took three months to finish, was compiled from a study of neighborhood stakeholders includedassociated with public health, education and

through not-for-profit companies and a study of individuals selected at random and who are served by Augusta Health.Lockwood said preliminary findings of the Neighborhood Health Needs Evaluation, which will be launched this summer season, reveal Augusta Health can effect modification in the community by attending to cancer, persistent kidney illness, dementia, diabetes, mental health concerns, nutrition, oral health, breathing diseases, substancedrug abuse and tobacco usage.