Many factors influence the health and well-being of a community, and one can measure health in many ways. This session offers a case example in: conducting a community health needs assessment; building community capacity and strengthening partnerships among hospitals, public health and community organizations; and moving from assessment of needs to action for solutions through the creation of a community health improvement plan.
Members of Healthier Together – St. Croix County have worked together for several years to better understand current and future health needs, in a process facilitated by Hudson Hospital & Clinics and St. Croix County Public Health. Taking a strategic, community-based approach, the hospital and public health agency work with a steering committee representing diverse community organizations to provide oversight and guidance to efforts that better align community partners around health improvement activities. Join this session to learn about their journey from a community collaborative to a 2009 needs assessment followed by a 2011 multi-year plan, and what they see as next steps and potential improvements.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will:
- understand the approach taken and main components of Healthier Together – St. Croix County’s community health needs assessment, including the hospital’s role;
- be able to describe the steps taken to move from assessment findings to priorities, a strategic framework, and a community health improvement plan; and
- have learned how a community-wide collaborative approach strengthened the assessment and planning process, as well as community engagement in follow-up actions.
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