Marilu Bintz, MD, MBA, FACS; Vice President of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
Describe the function of a community needs assessment.
Explain how asset mapping relates to the perspective of abundance.
Discuss how asset mapping could help a health care organization improve health.
Description: How does a health care organization look beyond its walls and start improving the health of an entire community? Where should it focus its efforts?
In this video, Marilu Bintz, MD, MBA, FACS; Vice President of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, explains asset mapping — a tool to help organizations understand the strengths of their communities and start improving population health and well-being.
- What do you think a “perspective of abundance” means? Can you think of an example?
- Why would viewing a community from a perspective of abundance (as opposed to a perspective of deprivation) help improve health?
- Have you ever done a community needs assessment? What was it for? How did it help your work?
- If you’re in a group, try making an asset map: List assets, strengths, and resources at your school or organization that could improve the health of students or staff. What did you learn? Did anything surprise you?