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Release Date: 8/12/2013

Mental health, lifestyle choices and health care accessibility top the list of community health priorities

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As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, every non-profit hospital is required to conduct a community-based needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. To meet that requirement, St. Anthony’s Medical Center conducted a community health needs assessment by gathering data through focus groups, telephone surveys of community members and physician surveys.

From the data gathered, the top three priority health needs identified in St. Anthony’s service area include mental health education and support, education about obesity and diabetes, and health care access, with focus on cost, geography and knowledge of resources.

St. Anthony’s has developed a broad implementation strategy to address these priorities and is actively mapping a more detailed three-year plan. The final version of the CHNA is available to the public on the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Web site, http://www.stanthonysmedcenter.com/community/CHNA.pdf. The implementation plan will be posted on to the Web site by no later than November 15, 2013.

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