Our community health needs assessments, published in 2015, identified important and unmet health needs in the communities we serve.
This spring community health and hospital leaders across the Fairview system collaborated to assess how we can address these health needs through strategic programming. This collaboration led to the development of our 2016-2018 Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategies.
We identified two community health priority needs that exist across our system: mental health and well-being and chronic disease prevention and management through healthy living.
“In developing our implementation strategies, we wanted to have unity across our Fairview system, but also make sure we were addressing needs that are specific to local communities,” says Ann Ellison, director of community health and church relations. “We choose strategies that will impact health and wellness in critical areas and reach a wide range of people.”
Three central programs
Once the two community health priority needs were agreed upon, our focus shifted to identifying programs that would become the backbone of our community health work for the next three years.
“We wanted our programs to be available at low-to-no cost to participants and accessible by vulnerable populations who generally face more difficulties accessing health resources, such as those who live in rural communities, low-income and diverse populations or senior citizens,” says Jennifer Morman, community benefit program manager.
Centered on the two community health priority needs, all Fairview hospitals will implement, or continue to implement, the following three programs:
Community health staff at each Fairview location will also continue other programs that address unique health needs within their local communities.