Mental health continues to be a top concern on Winneshiek Medical Center’s Community Health Assessment

Every three years, Winneshiek Medical Center leads, or participates in, a Community Health 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 2022, Winneshiek Medical Center partnered with Winneshiek County Public Health to complete the survey.

The survey was made available online and garnered 515 responses.  Following an analysis of the data and other population health information, the 2022 Community Health Assessment final report was approved at the July 6, 2022 Board of Trustees meeting.

The Community Health Assessment identified five overall priority categories of concern:

  • Housing Options
  • Mental Health Care
  • Older Adult Care
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Suicide

The five most prevalent diagnoses among respondents were:

  • Vision problems
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hearing problems
  • Respiratory problems

The five highest areas of need for health care services, according to survey respondents were:

  • Access to mental health care
  • Shelter and services for victims of abuse, violence and assault
  • Alcohol and drug abuse prevention
  • Family planning services
  • Services for persons with disabilities

The full report and Winneshiek Medical Center’s Health Improvement Plan can be found on www.winmedical.org/community-health-assessment/

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