Yellowstone County is due for its wellness examine, also called the Neighborhood Well being Wants Evaluation. The Neighborhood Well being Wants Evaluation, or CHNA, is carried out to determine main well being issues, gaps in providers and different elements which will contribute to lower than optimum well being for residents in our group. The CHNA is accomplished each three years in partnership with Billings Clinic, RiverStone Well being and St. Vincent Healthcare.
The information collected is public and accessible to anybody in the neighborhood to assist drive higher well being outcomes. A group well being wants evaluation helps native organizations make vital choices about their applications. The evaluation helps us all resolve the place we, as a group, ought to focus our efforts each massive and small.
We depend on our group to assist with the CHNA in some ways. First, representatives from Billings Clinic, RiverStone Well being, and St. Vincent Healthcare work with an advisory committee of roughly 60 group members and leaders to decide on survey questions, well being tendencies and new areas of concern to measure. An impartial analysis agency, Skilled Analysis Consultants, assists by administering and analyzing survey outcomes.
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Residents of Yellowstone County will likely be given a possibility to take part within the survey through cellphone and on-line. Individuals will likely be requested to provide suggestions and share experiences on numerous well being subjects and points. I extremely encourage residents to reply their telephones within the subsequent few months to take part on this vital effort. This survey may also be made accessible on-line by summer time to obtain extra various suggestions and better resident illustration.
About 300 group members who’re concerned in several sectors of Yellowstone County will obtain an internet key informant survey asking about their biggest group well being issues.
This 12 months, we may also be partnering with group well being staff to achieve susceptible populations to determine the impacts of COIVD-19 on our group. Neighborhood well being staff additionally will search residents’ enter on power ailments, weight problems, psychological sickness, substance abuse, social isolation and extra. The suggestions from this challenge, referred to as Resilient Yellowstone, will present invaluable perception on the limitations a lot of our neighbors face in staying nicely and assembly their well being wants.
In spite of everything this data is collected, we’ll maintain a group discussion board. Everybody within the county is welcome to affix and study the outcomes of the CHNA. The discussion board will give Yellowstone County residents the chance to assist determine our biggest well being must concentrate on in the course of the subsequent three years. Keep tuned for a community-wide invitation later in 2022.
Eden Sowards, CHES, prevention well being specialist at RiverStone Well being, may be reached at 406-247-3200 or email@example.com.
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