Community Health Needs Assessments

April 10th, 2013

Southern Illinois Healthcare, along with a broad group of community partners, recently conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) designed to spotlight health and quality of life issues in our community. Using a framework of behavioral, social and environmental factors, needs of our communities were explored. Our process helped identify issues where changes in the way we deliver healthcare and continued teamwork with our community partners could improve patient care, preventive services, and overall health and quality of life.

The CHNA was conducted as part of the Southern Illinois Healthcare’s Community Benefits planning process to identify the most important health issues in our area. We want to make sure that the programs and services we offer match the needs of members in our communities.
After looking at all of the data that was available on a local, state and national level, teams of SIH employees and community members ranked and established what community needs we would address.

The needs were divided into five topic areas:
  • High Impact Clinical and Preventative Services
  • Access to Care
  • Quality and Effectiveness of Care
  • Behavioral Risk Factors
  • Cancer Disparities

We have many programs and initiatives going on inside the hospital walls and in the community to affect these areas. We will continually be looking at what additional opportunities are available to focus on these needs and look at available data to note if these needs are changing.

It is our hope that you will find this CHNA useful and that it is a sneak peek inside the work Southern Illinois Healthcare is doing to benefit the members of our communities. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Land, SIH Community Benefits, at (618) 457-5200 ext. 67834.