Sanford Health and a coalition of community partners are asking for your help to identify what affects your health.
The health system and its partners are hosting a brief, confidential online survey called the Community Health Needs Assessment survey, and anyone in the community can take it.
Why take the pulse of a whole community? While individual choices are important, your health also depends on a number of community factors. People who study population health want to understand and improve the many influences on your health — such as nutrition, air quality, public safety, education, and affordable housing.
Every three years, Sanford Health conducts the Community Health Needs Assessment to gauge the community on these factors. Then it works with community stakeholders to develop ways to address them. That starts with a survey.
“Healthy people create healthy communities and vice versa,” said Dr. Jeremy Cauwels, chief physician for Sanford Health. “The more we know about individual and community health and wellness needs, the more targeted we can be in formulating strategies and allocating resources. Making sure that our resources and desired outcomes are aligned will improve the health of the entire population we serve.”
How you benefit from the community survey
Over the next few months, a team of local community health partners will use the survey and other health data to identify priorities. Specifically, the coalition will address:
- Existing local health resources
- Barriers to reaching those resources
- Ways to close health gaps
With the survey, Sanford Health learns how it can make the most difference. After the coalition meets, Sanford Health will outline programs and funding that address the latest health needs of people in its communities.
In addition, the assessment helps health care providers improve care, helping patients live better.
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