Mental health top concern on Winneshiek Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment
Every three years, Winneshiek Medical Center leads, or participates in, a Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment is designed to gather information on unmet health needs in the area. With this data, communities can map out a course for health improvement by creating strategies to make positive and sustainable changes in their communities.
Winneshiek Medical Center’s process included an online survey and community leader listening sessions, which garnered the input of over 400 people. The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment final report was approved at the June 5, 2019 Board of Trustees meeting.
The final report revealed the following categories of concern for our communities:
Health Problems to Address
- Mental Health: Problems, Access to services, Availability of local mental health providers
- Safe Behaviors: Illegal drug use/abuse/distribution, alcohol abuse, bullying, screen time (excessive use), parenting skills
- Health Care Access: High out-of-pocket costs, appointment availability to primary care
- Health Conditions/Prevention: Mental Health, Cancers, Obesity, Aging Problems (e.g. arthritis, hearing, vision loss, etc.), immunizations against communicable diseases
Health Behaviors to Improve
- Physical Activity: Increase physical activity, offer affordable opportunities/programs/facility to exercise, more time and willpower to maintain health habit
- Healthy Eating: Eat more fruits and vegetables, Drink more water
- Decrease Stress
The full report and Winneshiek Medical Center’s Health Improvement Plan can be found on www.winmedical.org/community-health-needs-assessment.
Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Our mission is to be a lifelong community partner improving the health and well-being of those we serve through patient-centered collaboration worthy of the trust our patients place in us. The survey process and results helps us deepen our partnership with the communities we serve through a greater understanding of the health issues they face.”
Radtke adds, “We appreciate the thoughtful participation of community members. Input from citizens is the most authentic way for us to understand the health needs in our area.”