Local Health Organizations and Partners Launch Community Health Needs Assessment in Central Iowa

Published 3/28/2024 9:00:05 AM

Broadlawns Medical Center ● Dallas County Health Department ● Dallas County Hospital & Family Medicine Clinics ● EveryStep ● Greater Des Moines Partnership ● MercyOne

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation ● Polk County Health Department Primary Health Care

United Way of Central Iowa ● UnityPoint Health – Des Moines ● Warren County Health Department

(Des Moines, IA) – Multiple health organizations and community partners have joined forces to launch the 2024 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) aimed at gathering valuable insights into the health needs and priorities of residents in Central Iowa.

The CHNA survey, which will be conducted over the next four months, seeks to engage community members in a dialogue about their health concerns, experiences and goals. By understanding the unique challenges and opportunities facing our community, we can better tailor our programs and services to address the most pressing health issues.

Topics covered in the survey include access to health care, chronic disease management, mental health, substance abuse, social determinants of health and more. The survey is available online, and it will be distributed through various community channels to reach as many residents as possible.

This assessment is a valuable public health tool to inform community members and decision makers regarding community health issues and strategies.

“We encourage everyone in Central Iowa to participate in the survey and share their perspectives,” said Dr. Nalo Johnson, president and CEO of the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation. “Your input is invaluable in helping us create a healthier and more vibrant community for all.”

This year's CHNA is also designed specifically to increase engagement among health disparate populations in the tri-county area of Dallas, Polk and Warren counties. This will be accomplished through partnerships with community-based organizations to build awareness around CHNA survey participation and through focus groups with targeted populations. 

The results of the survey will be carefully analyzed and used to inform the development of a CHNA Report, which will be available to the public later this fall. This report will serve as a roadmap for prioritizing health initiatives and allocating resources effectively.

For more information about the CHNA survey, please contact Madisun VanGundy. You can also learn more online. To complete the survey, please click here.