Letter from Linda White
In 2011, Deaconess Health System joined four other local health-related organizations, ECHO Community Health Care, St. Mary's, United Way, and Welborn Baptist Foundation to plan for and administer a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Conducting a CHNA is a required component of the Affordable Care Act and serves as a way to evaluate the overall health of the community. The assessment identifies recurring causes of poor health then focuses resources to support and drive positive change in the identified behaviors.
In order to capture the best data possible, the local collaborative conducted focus group sessions with 51 businesses, community, and social service leaders. We held strategy sessions with 42 service providers and agencies and completed 500 telephone interviews with residents of Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties.
After reviewing the data, our collaborative identified four main issues:
It is the belief of our group that these four issues are at the core of poor community health and contribute to higher health care costs. By focusing time and resources on these issues, we will realize the greatest transformation in population health and have the opportunity to reduce costs.
We invite you to read our implementation plan and see how Deaconess and our partners will spend the next three years leading the charge to better health. Our stated objectives and desired outcomes are included in the reports below.
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