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Community health needs assessments

Every day, Allina Health works to improve the health of our community — not just with medical treatment and care, but also through community programs and initiatives.

The 12 Allina Health hospitals conducted an in-depth assessment of the greatest health needs in their communities. This included gathering input directly from community members. Then, partnering with area organizations, each hospital set goals and created detailed plans on how to achieve them in 2014 through 2016.

Working collaboratively with each community, the following are just some of the areas in which Allina Health and its partner organizations will strive to make improvements:

  • healthful eating and physical activity
  • obesity
  • mental health
  • health care access.

The community health needs assessments and plans to address identified needs for each hospital can be viewed on the tabs.

Community health needs assessment and implementation plans for 2014-2016

Twin Cities Metro

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Mercy Hospital

Phillips Eye Institute

Regina Medical Center

St. Francis Regional Medical Center

United Hospital

Unity Hospital

Community health needs assessment and implementation plans for 2014-2016

Greater Minnesota

Buffalo Hospital

Cambridge Medical Center

New Ulm Medical Center

Owatonna Hospital

Community health needs assessment and implementation plans for 2014-2016

Western Wisconsin

River Falls Area Hospital

2010 community health dialogues

The cover of the Allina Health Community Health Dialogues report shows a family smiling and holding hands

Full report: community health dialogues

This 36-page report captures the conversation and feedback from 260 participants who attended one of nine regional community health dialogues in cities where Allina Health provides health care services. Findings include a summary of the process, commonly cited assets across the region, barriers to community health, and impacts to health by population.

Our approach began with conducting community health dialogues with leaders and residents in nine regions of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. During the dialogues in late 2010, participants shared how Allina Health could work collaboratively to improve healthful eating, active living and life balance in their communities.

We compiled what we learned from community leaders and residents about what's working in their region, what's not and how Allina Health can play a role in promoting community health in the nine reports below.

Greater Minnesota

Twin Cities Metro

Western Wisconsin

Each region has a dedicated lead who is working with community partners to develop specific, local plans based on the assessment findings. By listening to our communities we can develop local, specific initiatives that will make a difference in the long term.

Working together, we will build community health initiatives that take a prevention-driven approach to health and focus on healthy eating, physical activity and a balanced life. These efforts will take us beyond the bricks and mortar of our hospitals and clinics and into our schools, work places, senior centers and more.