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Hospital, health department collaborating on St. Clair County study

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, St. Clair County Health Department, and Healthier Together are again collaborating on a project to assess the health needs of the residents of St. Clair County.

As part of the assessment process, St. Elizabeth’s, St. Clair Health Department and Healthier Together are asking all county residents to help identify health issue areas through a brief 10-minute online community survey. The feedback provided will help identify priority health issues for inclusion in the St. Clair County Health Improvement Plan.

Residents can take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StClairCountyAssessment through April 21. Responses are anonymous.

Nonprofit hospitals must complete a community health needs assessment every three years, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Hospitals provide their reports to the Internal Revenue Service. Local health departments are required by the Illinois Department of Public Health to complete community health assessments every five years through guidelines established by the Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN).

Following the survey and other information gathering, the collaborating organizations will determine which health priorities they should address over the next three years and how to implement those priorities. Those priorities will be announced in late 2021.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of Hospital Sisters Health System.

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