What are the top three health challenges facing southern Illinoisans?
Cancer, cardiovascular disease and its contributing risk factors of diabetes and obesity, and mental health.
The SIH Community Benefits department recently completed its 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment. This in-depth, 18 month process involved surveys, interviews and deep dives into data to identify the most pressing health issues in the 7-county SIH service area, particularly for vulnerable and under-represented populations.
Here’s what we found out:
- Tobacco use is higher than state and national comparisons
- We have higher rates of colorectal and lung cancer compared to the state/li>
- Unemployment, poverty, food insecurity, access to care & financial barriers adversely impact health
- Age-adjusted suicide death rates are higher than the state and the nation
While it doesn’t paint a pretty picture at first glance, what it does do is give SIH and community partners a roadmap to strategically address those needs. And, it helps ensure that programs and services match the priorities and needs of the community.