Community Stakeholder Interviews - Grande Ronde Hospital
coordinating resources, a larger impact can be made with less overlap, than wheneveryone is doing their own thing.Several thought education is needed to address the problems. A few felt education onnutrition and healthy eating is needed. A few others thought parenting classes wereneeded to teach the skills necessary to raise a child. A few felt there needed to beoutreach on what services are available locally and how to access them. A few statedthere needs to be a mentorship program for youth, and young mothers and families.A few felt that more medical providers were needed in the area and the focus should beon the recruitment of specialists and mental health providers. A few suggested usingmobile clinics to provide medical services in the more rural communities.A few had no solutions to the problems.Organizations that were named as important stakeholders were Grande Ronde Hospital,EOU, CHD, DHS, CCOs, churches, OSU Extension, schools, Neighbor to Neighbor, and thePTA.3. What do you perceive as the biggest barrier to health resources in our community?The barrier that the overwhelming majority of people named was the high costs ofhealth care. Most commented that high deductibles and copays, medication costs, lackof health insurance or being under‐insured, poor economy, and the cost for employersto provide health insurance are all contributing factors. Some said that people gowithout health care because they simply can’t afford it.Several people commented that transportation is a barrier to health resources in UnionCounty‐ especially for those in the outlying communities. Some said this is an evenbigger barrier for the elderly. A few talked about the costs associated withtransportation to Walla Walla or Bosie for specialty care.
Several residents said access is an issue. Some people felt that it can be hard to find aprimary care provider. A few commented on the high turn over of medical providersevenif you find a primary care provider, they leave and you have to try and findanother. A few thought there are too few specialists, and that it’s a barrier having totravel to get care. A few felt that the health care system is complicated to navigate.A language barrier was brought up by some of the interviewees as an issue for theminority groups in the area. It’s felt that there are not adequate translators available atmost facilities.A few people feel like there is a perception problem with the hospital, and people preferto go elsewhere for their care. A few mentioned there is one physician in the emergencydepartment that has a bad reputation.Does this barrier differ by population and if so, what are they?The majority of interviewees felt that low income, poor, or unemployed faced thebiggest barrier. This is due to the high costs of health care and a lack of healthinsurance.Many feel that the elderly are greatly affected by a lack of transportation, as many donot drive and live on a fixed income.Some thought that minorities faced a language barrier in the community.