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Georgia Southern Examines the Influence of the ACA and Accreditation on Partnerships

A collaborative study including Dr. Gulzar Shah, associate dean for research at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, examined the influence of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and accreditation on health departments’ partnerships for community health assessments. The study also provides baseline data that will help determine whether the Affordable Care Act and public health accreditation will result in more collaborative community assessment and community health improvement activity by describing trends in collaborative community health assessment and community health improvement plan activities.The strengthened requirement for nonprofit hospitals to complete a community health needs assessment and implementation plan in the Affordable Care Act, concurrent with a new voluntary accreditation process for local health departments that requires collaborative community health assessments and community health improvement plans, have led to a resurgence of interest in assessment and improvement planning. The study finds that collaborative community assessment activity is positively associated with population size, governance type, and local health department and coalition-led efforts.

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[Photo: Dr. Gulzar Shah]