Community Health Improvement
Many factors influence the health and well-being of a community. It’s not just about disease prevalence or medical care or public health services, it’s a combination of factors including social and economic conditions, available educational services, individual behaviors, and the financial stability and prosperity of a community itself.
Community Health Needs Assessment
As part of the Affordable Care Act, non-profit hospitals complete a community needs health assessment (CHNA) every three years. Hospitals must collect input from the community, adopt a plan to address community needs and then report on these activities.
In 2015, A comprehensive, six-step community health needs assessment (“CHNA”) was conducted for HealthPartners and its hospitals (Regions Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Westfields Hospital & Clinic, Amery Hospital & Clinic, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital).This CHNA utilizes relevant health data and stakeholder input to identify the significant community health needs in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties in Minnesota and Polk and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin. Hudson Hospital & Clinic's specific study area is defined as St. Croix County, but health data for the remaining counties are used for comparison in this CHNA.
HealthPartners and hospital leadership developed the following principle to guide this work: Through collaboration, engagement and partnership with our communities we will address the following priorities with a specific focus on health equity in special populations.
The final list of prioritized needs, in descending order, is listed below:
1. Mental and Behavioral Health
2. Access and Affordability
3. Chronic Disease and Illness Prevention
4. Equitable Care
Click on the links below to review Hudson Hospital & Clinic community health needs assessment and implementation plan.
Hudson Hospital & Clinic Community Health Needs Assessment 2015 (Full Report)
- Hudson Hospital & Clinic Community Health Needs Assessment 2015 (Briefing)
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