A discussion about meeting local health needs

Posted: Feb. 20, 2019 3:06 pm

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System has been busy sharing this year's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) throughout the community, focusing on how to meet the community's health needs most effectively through local discussion.

Dr. Wendy Harrington, vice president – development at Hannibal Regional, said the assessment helps show trends that evolved from the last study conducted in 2016 and how to implement care for specific areas that might reflect a new trend or a area of growing need. And she said she looks forward to the chance to share the findings of the assessment with community members during the CHNA Community Town Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday April 16 at the Rialto Banquet Hall at 603 Broadway.

"We really enjoy doing this study, because we then take the results — we have a Regional Steering committee that is composed of a number of health care leaders and providers and laypeople — then we use that to guide our decision to how we serve our community," she said. "So it will be interesting to see if we're seeing the same trends, or if we have affected change in some of the areas such as obesity or coordination of care."

Harrington said that the assessment is a federal requirement for non-profit hospitals like Hannibal Regional, but she stressed that they are taking a leadership role in community health care by opening a regular conversation that helps identify where health needs are greatest.

"Once the findings are done after the town hall meeting, we will review the report — our Regional Steering Committee, which meets quarterly, will then look at where we were, where we want to go, what the community said — and if that needs to alter the programs we're offering or how we all work together, we will do that to make sure we're meeting the actual health needs in the community," she said. "So it's a great way to get the community and their voice in the delivery of health care in Northeast Missouri."

Harrington said that the CHNA has been shared throughout the community so far, with about 400 emails being sent out, and partners will help bring that number to at least 500. All community members and healthcare providers are encouraged to complete the brief online survey by Friday, March 15, at

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