Riverwood releases 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment report

Riverwood Healthcare Center has compiled a new community health needs assessment report on the health of Aitkin County, gathering community input from local health and wellness organizations.

The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment report, available for viewing and downloading at https://riverwoodhealthcare.org/about-us/, outlines community health needs for Aitkin County based on primary and secondary data sources.

This Community Health Needs Assessment is a systematic approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in Aitkin County, Minnesota, the service area of Riverwood Healthcare Center. Subsequently, this information may be used to inform decisions and guide efforts to improve community health and wellness.

This report is intended to give Riverwood and the communities it serves information on county health indicators that will serve to guide strategic activities and programs, and chart the course for future community health initiatives. Improving and sustaining community health is a collaborative effort that integrates many stakeholders including county public health, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and many other public and private entities. This report is the product of a comprehensive process that sought community input, medical staff input, involved key representatives such as public health, and selected primary and secondary data sources to identify target areas and implementation plans.

The community health needs assessment report  fulfills the requirements for community hospitals, as set forth by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to maintain their tax-exempt 501c (3) status.