After you have assessed the health needs of your community and identified the significant health needs, you are ready to prioritize these needs.
Though there may be many significant health needs in your community, your hospital might only have the capacity to address a subset of these needs. To successfully prioritize the significant health needs, establish criteria to determine a priority health need and implement a process to systematically apply those criteria.
Establish which criteria participants should use to prioritize health needs before you begin. Here are some examples of criteria that can be used to prioritize:
The following prioritization methods are examples of the types of different processes for you and your community to use.
Quick and simple method that works well with 一大群人. Individuals are given a set number of dots (stickers) and vote for the needs that they believe meet the established criteria.
伟大的方法 narrow a lot of options down to a few by allowing individuals to vote for a set number of topics in each round. After each round is completed, only the top results are included in the next round.
理想的方法 small groups of decision makers who have a deep knowledge of selection criteria. This method includes generating topics, 记录的话题, discussing topics and then voting on topics.
使用的好方法 只有两个标准 and with groups of decision makers who have a deep knowledge of the criteria and the issues. The strategy grid allows decision makers to focus on topics that will have the best results.
有利于 small to medium sized groups who are using multiple criteria to select priorities. In this method participants systematically analyze each priority based on the criteria.
An 先进的方法 where participants compare pairs of health needs based on different criteria using a matrix.
A 复杂的方法 that incorporates baseline data into an objective analysis of the criteria and the different health needs.
Make sure to document the prioritization process and criteria that you used and include the results.
These proposed regulations require the CHNA report to include prioritized description of the significant health needs of the community identified through the CHNA, along with a description of the process and criteria used in identifying certain health needs as significant and prioritizing those significant health needs.