2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Available
10/9/2019 Kari Etrheim, Public Health

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The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Olmsted County is now available. This is the third report since Olmsted County, Olmsted Medical Center, and Mayo Clinic got together in 2012 to jointly produce a comprehensive assessment for our community. This collective effort includes defining leading health indicators for our community after combing through data from surveys and listening sessions with community members to understand concerns and perceptions of health, safety, and quality of life.

“This cooperative effort is really a great example of how Mayo Clinic and the community of Rochester and Olmsted County are inextricably linked,” said Erin Sexton, Enterprise Director of Community Relations, Mayo Clinic. “We are so grateful to participate in this with so many wonderful organizations and individuals who are committed to collaboration to ensure a strong, healthy, vibrant and inclusive community.”

While our overall health status remains very positive, it also shows more work is needed to achieve improved health in specific areas. Several opportunities for improving our overall health and wellness were identified, including three priority issues: mental health, financial stress, and substance use. Nearly everyone has been touched by one or more of these issues, with our vulnerable populations often bearing a disproportionate burden.  

“Healthcare systems continually strive to balance organizational resources with community need,” said James A. Hoffman, D.O., Olmsted Medical Center President. “The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a valuable tool to assist healthcare systems in focusing initiatives, programs and resources to effectively address the needs of our community as defined in this report.”