CHICO, Calif., Jan. 26, 2017 – Enloe Medical Center joined hospitals throughout the county, along with Butte County Public Health and members of the Together We Can! Healthy Living in Butte County partnership, to look at the current health needs facing the community and formulate a plan for the next three years.
Enloe Medical Center’s action plan in its latest Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report is designed to address the top health needs in Butte County, cited as:
- Social Determinants of Health, including poverty and access to healthy foods
- Chronic Disease, including heart disease, diabetes, COPD, Alzheimer’s disease,
cancer and asthma
- Substance Abuse & Mental Illness
Providing health education, raising awareness of community programs and services, and breaking down barriers to wellness associated with adverse social determinants of health rose to the top of the priority list. In addition, community feedback stressed the need to address transportation and language barriers, as well as cultural and other sensitivities that impact individuals’ ability to access care.
Hospitals across the country are required to complete a CHNA every three years, looking at data from a variety of sources to identify the pressing health issues in their region. Enloe Medical Center’s 2016 CHNA report, available at www.enloe.org/chna, looked at data from the updated Community Health Assessment conducted by the Together We Can! Healthy Living in Butte County partnership, as well as feedback collected through focused discussion groups throughout the county.
“There is good work being done to address many of these challenges,” said Deanna Reed, Enloe’s community outreach coordinator. “We just have to do a better job of connecting people with the resources and education already available to help them live well. It’s great to see so many agencies throughout the county continuing to work together toward creating a healthier Butte County.”
Over the next three years, Enloe Medical Center is committed to partnering with agencies throughout the region, working toward a community health model of education and prevention to address the top areas of need. Adopting a model of collaboration and preventive measures, and working with agencies throughout Butte County to raise awareness of existing resources, provides an opportunity to maximize the collective impact on the critical health needs.
Read the full CHNA report at www.enloe.org/chna. Also available is the latest copy of Enloe Medical Center’s Community Benefits Report. Published annually, the report highlights programs from the previous year that respond to identified community needs to enhance health, improve access to care, advance medical or health knowledge, or relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts.
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