St Francis Hospital Conducting Community Health Needs Assessmenent Survey

SSM Health St. Francis Hospital along with collaborating organizations and individuals are delving deeper into factors that contribute to a person’s health in Nodaway County. As part of this project, a community health needs assessment (CHNA) survey is being conducted during the months of June and July to collect information that represents the views of the population in the hospital’s primary service area.

“We want to know from the perspective of those living in our county what they see as their biggest health concerns and what we can do to help tackle those issues,” said Rita Miller, community relations and development manager and CHNA lead at St. Francis.

Every three years, the CHNA assists St. Francis in evaluating the changing health and social needs of the area. The results of the 2018 survey will be integrated into a three-year implementation plan designed to address needs with activities that align with St. Francis’ strategic initiatives and mission.

“The feedback of local residents helps us identify the county’s perception of need, not necessarily what conventional data might suggest is the need,” Miller said. “Once completed, the results of the CHNA will be shared publicly on the hospital’s website and used in community health improvement planning.”

The survey is being distributed to the community through a paper copy or an online survey engine. To take the online version, visit

The results of the survey along with feedback from focus groups will be compiled and reviewed together with secondary data by an advisory council of various community agencies and organizations. Secondary data will include county statistics such as demographic information, poverty rates, educational attainment, prevalence of health conditions or diseases, clinical care measures, causes of death, rates of preventive measures and more.

The advisory council, in addition to the hospital and SSM Health Medical Group, includes representation from: Nodaway County Health Department; Community Services, Inc.; Regional Council of Governments; Ministerial Alliance and other local organizations and medical services. This group will identify and recommend to the hospital the top two or three health needs to be addressed over the next three years.

For more information or to request a survey, contact the Community Relations and Development office at 660-562-7933.

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