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. Below are snapshots of each area’s data, their rankings, and the services available to them.
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.
Workforce Development Coordinator
hmills @ utah.gov