St. Peter’s Health is committed to making a positive impact on the health of the community it serves. One of the many strategies we use to do this is by providing for the unique health needs of area residents.

Community Health Improvement process

St. Peter’s Health and Lewis and Clark Public Health began planning for the third collaborative community health improvement process in 2018. The goals of this process are to:

  • To improve residents’ health status, increase their life spans, and elevate their overall quality of life. A healthy community is not only one where its residents suffer little from physical and mental illness, but also one where its residents enjoy a high quality of life.
  • To reduce the health disparities among residents. By gathering demographic information along with health status and behavior data, it will be possible to identify population segments that are most at-risk for various diseases and injuries.  Intervention plans aimed at targeting these individuals may then be developed to combat some of the socio-economic factors which have historically had a negative impact on residents’ health.
  • To increase accessibility to preventive services for all community residents. More accessible preventive services will prove beneficial in accomplishing the first goal (improving health status, increasing life spans, and elevating the quality of life), as well as lowering the costs associated with caring for late-stage diseases resulting from a lack of preventive care.

It is a two-part process:

  • First, identify the health needs facing our community (conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment, or CHNA); secondly, develop a measurable plan (a Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP) that prioritizes and focuses on the areas of greatest needs, taking into account the total available resources to effectively address those issues. In the summer of 2018, St. Peter’s Health retained Professional Research Consultants, Inc., of Omaha, Nebraska, for the third cycle to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This CHNA included a random-sample telephone survey of community residents on their health conditions, behaviors, preferences; it also included an online “key informant” survey targeted to individuals with a broad interest in the health of the community. St. Peter’s partnered with the Lewis & Clark Public Health to plan and develop the survey instruments.
  • Second, St. Peter’s and Lewis and Clark Public Health will summarize the key findings from this research and other public health data to produce a joint 2018 Community Health Report which will be presented to the public by the end of 2018 and will be listed here for review. The Community Health Report will provide a snapshot of the key health issues facing our community that will include the key findings from the PRC report, as well as other community data.  The 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment serves as an expansive reference for those interested in exploring data behind some of those findings in more depth.