The Primary Care Needs Assessment identifies the areas of Utah with the greatest unmet primary healthcare needs and helps determine how these needs will be addressed. The findings from this assessment will help Utah’s Primary Care Office (PCO) and the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH) to pursue relationships to foster collaboration and information sharing to address disparities and expand programs and develop and support sustainable frameworks for new programs that will help address these disparities. The assessment looks at the overall big picture of the state of Utah, the demographics of Utah and how they affect access to primary care services, where the workforce shortages currently exist, and what primary care needs exist throughout the state.
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Data for each indicator was analyzed at the small health area level, and each area was ranked from greatest to least primary care need. This was illustrated using a Primary Care Needs Rank Matrix.