Primary Care Needs Assessment

The purpose of the Primary Care Needs Assessment is to identify the areas of Utah with the greatest unmet primary healthcare needs. The findings from this assessment will help Utah’s Primary Care Office and the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health prioritize the recruitment and retention activities that we engage in. It will also help focus collaboration with partners to ensure the observed needs are being met. The assessment will look at the overall big picture of the state of Utah, where the workforce shortages currently exist, and what primary care needs exist throughout the state. It also discusses the needs and disparities that exist and how they can be addressed, both through activities of the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health and through collaboration with other state partners and organizations.

The indicators used in the data analysis include the following:

Data for each indicator was analyzed at the small health area level, and each area was ranked from greatest to least primary care need. Below are snapshots of each area’s data, their rankings, and the services available to them. Upon completion of the report (estimated January 2019), the final report will be published here.

This Individual Small Health Area Snapshot Generator allows you to select for which small health area you would like to see data. It will then produce a snapshot of the data for that area. After you download the file, you must enable editing. Then you will be able to select which area you would like to view from the drop down menu. We also have the Individual Snapshot Reports to download a PDF of individual area snapshots.

The snapshot contains five main categories of information. First is geographic information about the area. This includes the square miles, whether or not the area is rural or urban, the county/counties is covers, and the local health department. Second is which Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), if any, cover the area. Third highlights healthcare facilities that are located in the area. Fourth is the data for that area, state level comparisons, and the quartile in the state in which the indicator falls. After all of the indicators is the overall primary care needs rank. The final section, on page two of the snapshot, is all of the resources available in the local health district.