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Community Members Invited to Health Needs Focus Groups

Hospital news | Monday, October 12, 2015

Contact: Sasha Dull

Area organizations are partnering to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which will identify and prioritize health needs by collecting and analyzing data and soliciting community input.

There are several focus groups planned throughout Crawford County, as well as one in Iowa. All are invited to attend the sessions, which will be facilitated by Jane Schaaf, Family Living Agent, UW-Extension Crawford County. The following is a list of locations, dates and times:

  • Marquette, Iowa- Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m., City Hall Community Room (Adjacent to Cobblestone Inn & Suites)
  • Prairie du Chien- Friday, October 23, 10 a.m., Crawford County Admin Building, Rm 215 (225 N. Beaumont Rd)
  • Gays Mills- Monday, October 26, 6:30 p.m., Community Commerce Center- Village Board Room (16381 St. Hwy 131)
  • Seneca- Wednesday, October 28, 9:30 a.m., Seneca Town Hall (21041 Town Hall Rd)
  • Prairie du Chien- Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m., Crawford County Admin Building, Rm 215 (225 N. Beaumont Rd)
  • Wauzeka- Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m., Community Room at Century Hall (213 E. Front Street)

Partners who are collaborating to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment include Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, Grant Regional Health Center, Crossing Rivers Health, Grant and Crawford County Extension and Grant and Crawford County Health Departments. These organizations are combining resources to conduct the assessment across both Grant and Crawford counties.

If you’re unable to attend a scheduled focus group, input may also be submitted through an online survey. A link to the public input survey can be found on the home page of the Crossing Rivers Health website, crossingrivers.org.

All of this information, once gathered, will build upon statistical data shared from both health departments. Finally, each hospital will then adopt an individualized, comprehensive implementation plan, outlining strategies to meet the prioritized health needs.

Assessing and addressing health needs has been and remains an important component in the mission of hospitals and county health departments. The CHNA conducted in 2012 resulted in a number of new services and programs being implemented at each of the area hospitals.