Iowa Critical Access Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment + Action Planning Education Series

The purpose for this educational series is to increase understanding about hospital community health needs assessment requirements and processes, leading to well developed, meaningful community health needs assessments.

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Hospital leadership, hospital personnel, community partners, community coalition leads, public health stakeholders and population health leads.

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The purpose for this educational series is to increase understanding about hospital community health needs assessment requirements and processes, leading to well developed, meaningful community health needs assessments.

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Ashley Ezzio is an outreach and education coordinator for Iowa's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Prior to coming to the Department Ezzio served Iowa communities through her work at local nonprofits and health systems, overseeing community-based doula programs and supporting families with a child in the neonatal intensive care unit. She holds national certifications and practices as a certified DONA Birth Doula and ICEA Childbirth Educator.

Ashley O’Donnell is a clinical improvement consultant at Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. She has experience as a care coordinator and discharge planner and has served as a registered nurse in the medical/surgical department, neurology and the emergency department. O’Donnell received an associate’s degree in nursing from Mercy College of Health Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grand View University and a master’s degree in nursing – clinical leadership from Grand View University.

David Palm is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration and director for the Center for Health Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He teaches courses in strategic planning and health policy and has conducted several evaluation projects, including an examination of the community health needs assessments and implementation plans of all non-profit hospitals in Nebraska. Prior to joining the College of Public Health, he served as the director of the Office of Community and Rural Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked extensively with rural physician clinics, hospitals and local health departments. His office managed several grant projects, including the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) and the Office of Rural Health Grant. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augustana University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cari Seddon is the director, community quality initiatives at Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. In this role she supports collaborative clinical and community partnerships driving sustainable healthcare quality improvements with focused attention on providing person-centered care throughout Iowa. Seddon received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in family and consumer science from Western Michigan University. Seddon is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist. She is six sigma lean certified and has more than 19 years of experience in patient care and population health management.

Tony Troester is the process improvement lead for Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. He has more than a decade of experience in healthcare quality, process improvement and clinic management. He works with clinicians to support clinical and quality improvement initiatives through data analysis and project execution. Prior to joining Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Troester managed cardiology clinics at Nebraska Heart Institute and worked in valuebased healthcare consulting to Nebraska practices. He has completed graduate work in healthcare operations management, public health and business administration. Troester has his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and serves as a subject matter expert in Lean/Six Sigma and project management, holding a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society of Quality.

Cindy Winters is the population health project manager at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) and project advisor to The Heart of New Ulm Project. She takes the lessons learned from The Heart of New Ulm Project to rural communities working on health improvement initiatives to help accelerate their work. She works with communities to implement evidence-based or evidence-informed initiatives while helping them adopt a policy and systems approach that will sustain healthy lifestyle behaviors over the long term. Winters assists in creating health as a shared value across diverse community partnerships and helps to build their capacity to assess, implement and evaluate their health improvement efforts. Prior to joining MHI, Winters spent 10 years at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in the Bureau of Health Promotion working in a variety of chronic disease prevention programs with a focus on policy, system and environmental strategies.

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