New Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan focuses on underserved areas

Parkland Needs Assessment
Stock photo courtesy of Parkland Hospital

 

Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

On Monday, Parkland Hospital executives presented an update about the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan to the Dallas City Council Quality of Life, Arts and Culture Committee, chaired by Council member Carolyn King Arnold.

“This targeted plan is exactly what we need to serve parts of Dallas that we know suffer from elevated health disparities,” said Arnold, who represents District 4. “I’m looking forward to seeing increased outreach regarding COVID-19 testing and treatment for our underserved populations in the Southern Sector.”

CHNA focuses on social determinants of health including access to care and coverage, asthma, behavioral health, breast health, cultural competencies, diabetes, hypertension, maternal mortality and STIs in traditionally underserved populations in ZIP Codes – 75210, 75211, 75215, 75216, 75217 and 75241 – that fall overwhelmingly within City Council Districts 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8.

Beginning in October, Parkland expects to provide mobile community health services, enroll uninsured patients in an affordable program, and expand fresh food access.

Parkland’s food program would allow a primary care physician treating patients with chronic illnesses like hypertension or diabetes who lack access to healthy fruits and vegetables to write a “food prescription” for a patient to receive produce at Juanita Craft Recreation Center and learn how to prepare it.

An update on CHNA implementation is expected in 2021.

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