Community Health Needs Assessment
Through community surveys and listening sessions, we have learned more about the health needs of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. The process, called a Community Health Needs Assessment, is designed to gather information on unmet health needs in the area and identify ways we can help meet those needs.
Our 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment identified the following categories of concern:
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
Activities to address identified community health needs (above) are outlined in a report called a Health Improvement Plan. These activities will occur over a 3-year period.