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.
Everyone within the community – within St. Croix County – can contribute to and share responsibility for its protection and improvement.
Since 1995, communities throughout Wisconsin have developed and implemented local health plans, typically every five years, to address health conditions impacting their residents. This process has been referred to as the “Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP)”, named in part, due to the resulting health status changes in a community and the people who live there.
In June 2008, Hudson Hospital & Clinic and St. Croix County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) – Public Health joined together to begin assessing and prioritizing health needs in the region. The St. Croix County Community Health Improvement Process, facilitated by both these organizations, is a strategic, ongoing, community-based approach for creating and maintaining healthy communities. A steering committee of 25+ members representing diverse organizations and agencies from across the county provides oversight and guidance. Together, the committee regularly assesses the state of the county’s health.
The goal of CHIP is to:
• Identify critical health issues
• Prioritize health needs
For the purpose of:
• Educating and mobilizing area organizations to address top health priorities
• Garner resources
• Plan actions to improve public health and quality of life
St. Croix County Community Health Improvement Plan 2009-2014
The community needs assessment produced a significant amount of noteworthy information that can help in understanding both the current and future health care needs and quality of life issues in St. Croix County. The intent is that community individuals and organizations will use this information to set priorities, strengthen existing programs and services, and when necessary develop new ones to improve community health, unify efforts in allocation of community resources, and secure grant funding for current and future projects.
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”) collaboration 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) by Community Hospital Consulting. The CHNA utilized relevant health data and stakeholder input to identify the significant community health needs. These hospitals serve similar communities and have overlapping study areas. The system’s study area is defined as 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.
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 CHNA and implementation assessment plan:
Hudson Hospital & Clinic Community Health Needs Assessment Briefing 2012
Hudson Hospital & Clinic Community Health Needs Assessment 2012
Hudson Hospital & Clinic Implementation Plan 2012
NEW-Hudson Hospital & Clinic Implementation Plan 2014
Healthier Together –St. Croix County
A leader in community health improvement, in partnership with Public Health, the hospital co-facilitates Healthier Together - St. Croix County, a county-wide initiative recognized at national, state, and local levels. The coalition's goal is to create and maintain healthy communities and provide a more strategic framework for local health improvement activities.
To learn more about Healthier Together – St. Croix County visit: www.healthiertogetherstcroix.org