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Surveys Help Nurses Better Understand the Healthcare Needs of a Region
In January 2023 Nursing Heart partnered with our longtime allies at the University of Minnesota (UMN). Nursing Heart and UMN conducted another extensive Community Needs Assessment in the village of Tierra Colorada. Nurse Practitioner students from UMN worked together with Nursing Heart’s Community Health Workers to survey dozens of families in Tierra Colorada.
First, UMN students and faculty updated and refined the Health Assessment survey. They identified health trends and patterns with the long-term goal of tailoring interventions to improve health outcomes with support from village leadership. Groups that featured UMN Nurses and faculty, Community Health Workers, interpreters, Nursing Heart staff, and representatives of the Tierra Colorada village council trekked across the expansive, mountainous village and performed assessments with 70 households to gain a significant sample size for analyzing health concerns.
The surveys were conducted during three days of engagement with families. The Nursing Heart and student group came to learn about conditions on the ground that were negatively impacting the health of the residents.
Together the nurses, Nursing Heart team, and Community Health Workers analyzed the data and identified patterns that we presented to Tierra Colorada leadership with suggestions for how to work together to mitigate some of the prevalent health concerns.During the next several months this process was replicated in five other villages in San Martin where Nursing Heart has the presence of at least one Community Health Worker These additional surveys provided clear snapshots of health issues in the area – information that will inform program and clinical decisions into the future.
As of August 2023, Nursing Heart has continued, alongside key partners that include UMN, Johns Hopkins University, and Proyecto Impulso to design initiatives that the Community Health Workers can implement in their communities to manage the health issues that came to light through this arduous and collaborative process.
Nursing Heart volunteers and partners work closely with Hombres y Mujeres en Accion, a nonprofit regional clinic regional to which Nursing Heart refers patients for follow-up care, to construct clinics, community centers, and community kitchens that improve community health. Our regional allies screen and engage in development work with the communities who request these facilities. Nursing Heart coordinates visiting groups to work alongside local masons, carpenters and construction professionals to construct new facilities. One of our goals is to facilitate fundraising with visiting groups for the construction of these facilities so that the families in the villages can rely on clean, healthy and well-designed facilities that will promote positive health outcomes.