The Planning Council has conducted all types of Needs Assessments since its inception.  These assessments provide an in-depth understanding of the most important needs of that group or community, and guide future action.  Needs assessments look at resources, capacity, and gaps in services or care. Typically, the most vital needs are prioritized for the community to address.

Since 2007, The Planning Council has utilized the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) model – a community-wide strategic planning tool for improving community health and is utilized when working with hospitals, health departments, and community agencies looking to identify strategic issues in their communities that need to be addressed.  Since 2016, The Planning Council has conducted Community Readiness Assessments around Opioid Use, Marijuana Use and Problem Gambling to assist cities and counties to identify and prioritize needs around drug use, as well as to prepare for expanded opportunities around the legalization of recreational marijuana and sports betting. Most recently, a needs assessment was completed with residents of a specific apartment complex and surrounding neighborhood to prioritize service gaps the residents felt were missing.

Each assessment builds on all community collaboration to assess the community, medical and public health system to prioritize issues while identifying resources to address them. Contact us to discuss how a tailored assessment may work for you!

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