Community Identifies Key Health Priorities

Community Identifies Key Health Priorities

“Health and well-being are similar concepts. Stable housing, food insecurity...all needs can be taken care of,” says one community member. Health, says another, is “physical, social, mental, and how it interworks for wellbeing.”

Throughout the summer of 2019, hundreds of Olmsted County residents shared their perspectives on health in our community through surveys and listening sessions as part of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA identifies key local health needs and issues by collecting and analyzing data about health outcomes, factors that impact health, and people’s perceptions of health in our community. The process is led by Olmsted County Public Health Services, Olmsted Medical Center, and Mayo Clinic, in partnership with community organizations like United Way.

Three key priorities emerged for improving health and wellbeing in Olmsted County: mental health, financial stress, and substance use. Read the full report and learn what’s next: United, we can improve our community’s health to ensure every individual has the chance to reach their full potential.

Visit us online to learn how United Way is improving mental health, reducing financial stress, and supporting individuals recovering from addiction. It’s all thanks to donors, advocates, and volunteers like you!