The Role of Community Health Centers in Assessing the Social Determinants of Health for Planning and Policy

Sean Bruna et. al, 2014.

This article examines the experience of a frontier-based community health center when it utilized the Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) for assessing social determinants of health with a local health consortium. Community members (N=357) rated safety, jobs, housing, and education among the top health issues. Community leaders integrated these health priorities in a countywide strategic planning process. This example of a frontier county in New Mexico demonstrates the critical role that community health centers play when engaging with local residents to assess community health needs for strategic planning and policy development.

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Sean Bruna, PhD; Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD; Susan Wilger, BS, MPAff; Jeremy Cantor, MPH; Carolina Guzman.

Published in Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 258–268.

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