OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center and OSF St. Mary Medical Center is requesting help from the local community to determine and prioritize health needs. A survey is now available, and residents can participate:
The survey will remain available until October 1, 2021.
“Access to health care and other barriers to maintaining health and wellness varies from county to county across our state,” said Lisa DeKezel, president of OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center and OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center. “Through this survey, we hope to gather information from residents of Knox/Warren Counties to identify the health issues impacting our community. This information will help us focus our efforts on the challenges and opportunities unique to our geographic area so we can improve health outcomes, encourage wellness, and improve access to health services.”
OSF HealthCare hospitals conduct community health needs assessments every three years and put together plans to meet the community needs that the assessments identify. After data is collected and each community's health needs are prioritized, leadership and caregiver teams at OSF HealthCare work together to further support current community-based health programs and services. Additionally, needs assessment responses have prompted OSF to offer new programs to help meet the unique needs of each community.
“For example, our last survey identified that (1) healthy behaviors and obesity, (2) behavioral health, and (3) substance abuse which continues to be the greatest need in Knox and Warren County,” said DeKezel. She added, “We took feedback from the survey and, through a collaborative approach, provided wellness education, free screenings, diet/exercise programs and diabetes programs/classes.”
DeKezel acknowledged, “The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down some of these activities in 2020, but we look forward to resuming our previous level of activity soon.”
OSF HealthCare urges community organizations to distribute the survey links and for residents to participate so we can improve services. The survey period launched this week and continues through October 1, 2021. For background about the assessment and a report on our 2019 survey results, visit osfhealthcare.org/about/community-health or contact Connie Wessels at (309) 344-3161.
Links and QR codes for the survey in English and Spanish: