The data reported here provide a starting point for
understanding Critical Access Hospital (CAH) community
involvement. Data were collected and analyzed from a
national telephone survey of CAH administrators conducted
in 2004. Survey respondents were asked about community
involvement activities including community needs
assessment, outreach and formal health promotion
programs, relationships with other community
organizations, free or reduced cost healthcare, and
hospital activities in support of special populations.
Most CAHs are engaged in activities that offer benefit to
their community beyond hospital-based acute care
services. Administrators recognize the importance of
being responsive to community needs and seek the
financial support necessary to maintain outreach
activities. The outreach programs reported by CAH
administrators resemble typical community activities for
a healthcare facility, with a particular emphasis on
health promotion and management of chronic conditions.
Report produced by the Flex Monitoring Project, funded by
the Office of Rural Health Policy.