2012-05-10 / Community

SMH seeks community input via focus groups


The first of several community health focus group meetings was held May 2 at the Manistique Senior Center. The public is invited to attend the gatherings, with the next meeting scheduled Wednesday, May 16, at Big Bay de Noc School. 
Courtesy photo The first of several community health focus group meetings was held May 2 at the Manistique Senior Center. The public is invited to attend the gatherings, with the next meeting scheduled Wednesday, May 16, at Big Bay de Noc School. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is asking for community input.

The hospital, in partnership with more than 25 agencies and area residents, is conducting a series of focus group meetings to assess community health needs, and to develop an action plan to better meet the health needs of the hospital’s service area. When Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, they included a requirement for non-profit hospitals to assess health needs and develop plans to address those needs every three years. “Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has not conducted a community health needs assessment since 2003, and we are excited to hear the results of the community focus groups and work with our community partners to develop a plan to better serve the health needs of our residents,” stated George Montgomery, CEO of the hospital.

The public is invited, as representatives of their local community, to participate in the focus groups, to talk about their perceptions of health needs in the community. The information provided will remain anonymous

- no individual comments will be revealed - and will be used by the partnership (the Assessment Advisory Committee) to find ways to improve the health of people in the communities served by the hospital.

A Manistique focus group was held Wednesday, May 2, at the Senior Center. The schedule for future focus groups is as follows:

Cooks/Garden: Wednesday, May 16, 2 p.m. at Big Bay de Noc School, M-183 south of Garden Corners (participants need to check in at the main office).

Germfask: Thursday, May 31, 2 p.m. at the Germfask Community Center on Pine Street.

Manistique Tribal Community Center: Friday, June 15, 2 p.m. at the Tribal Community Center, 5698W US-2 (just west of the Kewadin Casino).

Light refreshments will be served.

If you would like more information, or would be willing to share your perception of the health needs in your community by participating in one of the focus group meetings, please contact Susan Phillips at SMH by calling (906) 341-3238.

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