Date of Award

Fall 12-10-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

Abstract

New regulations requiring not-for-profit hospitals to provide documented evidence of charitable care and community benefits provide a unique opportunity for strategic and targeted investment within the given community of the hospital. And with a growing number of uninsured and underserved in the US, the need for tactical community benefits is increasing exponentially. The purpose of this capstone is to pool together the relevant resources and data necessary to guide and inform the decision making process involved in creating prevention and intervention programs tailored specifically to census tract 85. Utilizing several different forms of demographic and health data including Census, Online Analytical Statistical Information Systems (OASIS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this capstone provides an assessment of the community of census tract 85 and identifies the two major health conditions of said community, diabetes and stroke, for prevention/intervention. Following the principles of evidence-based decision making, this project pulls together the necessary resources and provides recommendations on how not-for-profit hospitals and other community partners can best intervene within the community of census tract 85, thus improving the health of its residents.

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