Community Health Needs Assessment
St. Charles Health System recently adopted a new, bold organizational vision: Creating America's healthiest community, together. This vision is our destination. It is the end-goal we are attempting to reach where we can proudly say that to live in Central Oregon is to live in a place where health comes first.
In order to achieve this vision, we must first evaluate the current health of our population. We must take a deep dive into the data to understand where we are already achieving a healthy state and where we have room to improve.
The following Community Health Needs Assessment is an important initial step. The information contained in this report shows us clearly that while many of our communities are thriving, there are also geographic areas where chronic diseases are prevalent, management of those diseases is not under control and barriers to health care exist. From this information, we have determined that our area of focus over the next three years will be on suicide prevention.
We hope that by studying this information, we can develop innovative ways to improve access to care where needed and, ultimately, ensure that members of our communities receive appropriate preventive care to address their health needs before they become crises.
Please take the time to review this important report. We know that it will take all of us, working together, to build the healthiest community in the nation.
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