The purpose of this Community Health Needs Assessment was to identify and prioritize the health and wellness needs of individuals in the greater Richland County area. In January 2016, the Health Assessment and Wellness Commission (HAWC) was established to create and oversee the process of assessing our community’s health and wellness needs.
The process of analyzing secondary data, gathering input from key informants at focus groups, and conducting a random sample of Richland County residents via the mailed survey was designed to triangulate the actual health needs of the community. The HAWC members brought a diverse set of skills and perspectives to the analysis of these three data sets and believes that the 2016 CHNA was successful in identifying the community’s top health needs.
The top health needs to be addressed in the upcoming community health improvement plan are:
- Substance abuse prevention & treatment
- Overweight/obesity prevention & treatment
- Mental health care
Members of HAWC included:
- Chris Drea, Richland Hospital, Director of Marketing
- Marianne Stanek, Richland County Health and Human Services – Public Health, County Health Officer
- Chelsea Wunnicke, UW Extension, Richland County Family Living Agent
- David May, Richland Hospital, Medical Chief of Staff
- Cindy Chicker, Richland Hospital, Assistant Administrator
- Shawn Tjossem, Richland School District, School Psychologist
- Jarred Burke, Richland School District, District Administrator
- Betsy Roesler, Richland County Public Health, Richland F.I.T. (Fitness In Total) Health & Wellness Coordinator
If you would be interested in participating in the creation of a community health improvement plan (CHIP), contact any member of the HAWC.