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Posted on: April 1, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Health Survey Aims to Identify Community Needs

Renae Moch, BBPH Director

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, CHI St. Alexius Health, and Sanford Health have formed a Community Health Collaborative to conduct a community health needs assessment survey.

Public Health efforts have long been focused on preventing, promoting and protecting the public’s health in this community. According to Renae Moch, Director, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, “What makes this project so exciting is the partnership with local hospitals that ensures that we have the most comprehensive look at the health of our residents. The Community Health Collaborative empowers our health facilities to work together to develop a roadmap to address the community health needs identified through the assessment survey.”

The survey aims to identify unmet health needs in the community, with results used to develop plans for addressing gaps in service.

According to Gary P. Miller, president and CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health are collaborating on this project to ensure the impact on the community’s health and well-being is measurable and sustainable. “We see value in coming together to complete one, collaborative and comprehensive health needs assessment for the Bismarck and Mandan area.”

“In our 2013 assessment, we identified a number of community needs, including pediatric obesity strategies and increased focus on diabetes education and care,” said Craig Lambrecht, MD, Sanford Bismarck president. “Since that time, we have increased our work in these areas. We look forward to what we can learn from this assessment to continue to improve the health of our community.”

Comprised of general health and wellness questions for residents in Burleigh and Morton Counties, the survey is a voluntary way to address concerns in health care. All answers are confidential and no identifying information will be attained. Residents are invited to participate in the survey to identify priority health issues. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Residents can complete the survey online.

Surveys must be completed by April 17, 2015. For more information visit Bismarck.sanfordhealth.org, www.st.alexius.org or contact Renae Moch, Director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health at (701) 355-1541 or Email.

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