Nonprofit hospitals must complete a community health
needs assessment every three years, arequirement of the Affordable
Care Act of 2010. County health departments are required by the
Illinois Department of Public Health to do a similar assessment
every five years.
Logan County residents will be able to identify pressing community
health needs through an online survey, which went live today and
will be open until Feb. 12. Residents can take the survey at
https:// uisits.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ bvcrJOnhUgsmjUV
The survey research department at the University of Illinois at
Springfield will conduct the online survey.
Printed copies of the survey also will be available
to various community organizations to distribute to residents who
don't have access to a computer. Printed copies are available at the
Logan County Department of Public Health, 109 Third St., Lincoln,
from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30
a.m. to noon Friday.
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Following the survey, the university will provide the nonprofit
hospital and the county health department with an outcomes report. The two
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 2018.
In 2015, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital selected four health priorities on
which it would focus for three years. Those priorities were obesity, chronic
disease management for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, access to health
care and mental health.
[Michael Leathers, Memorial Health