Iowa Critical Access Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment + Action Planning Education: Are You Capturing All IRS General Requirements for Tax Exemption?

October 21, 2020


There is no cost to attend. 

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If you have questions, please contact Norma Haskins at 515-283-9343 or via email

    Series Purpose 

    The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a vital tool to aid in identifying priority health needs and aligning partners and resources to address community needs. The CHNA will assist in identifying opportunities to enhance care delivery, inform patient engagement initiatives and direct overall strategic planning. Section 9007 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) revised the federal community benefits tax requirements for nonprofit hospitals. The purpose for this educational series is to increase understanding about hospital community health needs assessment requirements and processes, leading to well-developed, meaningful community health needs assessments.

    Target Audience

    Hospital leadership, hospital personnel, community partners, community coalition leads, public health stakeholders and population health leads.


    The Affordable Care Act requires all nonprofit hospitals to develop a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to identify high priority community health needs and an Implementation Plan to address these needs. To qualify for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), hospitals must conduct a CHNA at least every three years and adopt an implementation strategy or plan to meet identified community health needs. This webinar will describe the general requirements of the CHNA and the Implementation Plan that must be met, the strengths and weaknesses of the Iowa CHNAs and Plans, and the best practices to overcomes these weaknesses. It will also discuss the major priorities of Iowa hospitals and how the implementation strategies and interventions can improve the health of individual patients and the overall population of the community.


    • Identify the general requirements for CHNAs and Implementation Plans that must be met by all nonprofit hospitals.
    • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Iowa CHNAs and Implementation Plans and present some of the best practices to overcome these weaknesses.
    • Describe how this process can be used to improve the health of individual patients and the overall population.

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    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    10/21/2020 - 11:00am CDT
    Event ends: 
    10/21/2020 - 12:00pm CDT


    David Palm, PhD

    Dr. Palm is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration and director for the Center for Health Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He teaches courses in strategic planning and health policy and has conducted several evaluation projects, including an examination of the community health needs assessments and implementation plans of all non-profit hospitals in Nebraska. Prior to joining the College of Public Health, he served as the director of the Office of Community and Rural Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked extensively with rural physician clinics, hospitals and local health departments. His office managed several grant projects, including the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) and the Office of Rural Health Grant. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augustana University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


    Ashley O’Donnell, MSN, RN, CPHQ

    Ms. O’Donnell is a clinical improvement consultant at Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. She has experience as a care coordinator and discharge planner and has served as a registered nurse in the medical/surgical department, neurology and the emergency department. O’Donnell received an associate’s degree in nursing from Mercy College of Health Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grand View University and a master’s degree in nursing – clinical leadership from Grand View University.

    Cari Seddon, MA, RD, CDE

    Ms. Seddon is the director, community integration at Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. In this role she supports collaborative clinical and community partnerships driving sustainable healthcare quality improvements with focused attention on providing person-centered care throughout Iowa. Seddon received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in family and consumer science from Western Michigan University. Seddon is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, is certified in adult weight management and holds a cardiovascular disease and diabetes certificate. She is six sigma lean certified and has more than 17 years of experience in patient care and population health management.


    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose.

    • Kate Carpenter, BHA, CPHQ, RT (R)(M)(CT) - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
    • Norma Haskins, BS - Activity Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
    • Ashley O’Donnell, MSN, RN, CPHQ - Planning Committee Member and Moderator
    • David Palm, PhD - Speaker
    • Cari Seddon, MA, RD, CDE - Planning Committee Member and Moderator

    Accreditation Statements

    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. DMU designates this live, online activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session within each day to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
    • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Educational Grants

    No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 

    Funding for this webinar series was provided by the Health Resources Services Administration, Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 93.241).


    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


    The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON


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    There is no cost to attend. 

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    If you have questions, please contact Norma Haskins at 515-283-9343 or via email