Of more than 200 surveyed by the Community Health Needs Assessment, mental health was voted the top priority for improvement in Appanoose County.
The meeting was held Thursday afternoon on behalf of MercyOne Centerville Medical Center at Vermillion Acres.
CHNA is a collection and analysis of information about the health of a community taken from consumers, community leaders and groups, public organizations, and other providers. The assessment’s role is to identify factors that affect the health of a specific population.
Vince Vandehaar, a consultant at VVV Consultants, LLC., presented the results of the analyzed data.
There were 224 participants in an online survey. Participants graded Appanoose County’s health quality as a “C” rating, generally.
Mental health, substance abuse and obesity were listed as the top three ongoing problems. Access to Primary Care Physicians ranked sixth as an ongoing problem but ranked third on what consumers found “most pressing.”
Community members were encouraged to discuss the data presented. They were given index cards to take notes during the presentation. Members shared strengths and areas of improvement in Appanoose County based on results and their own experiences.
Hospice care, walk-in clinics, the Diabetes Prevention program, access to recreational areas, Indian Hills Community College, the Daily Iowegian, and the community’s willingness to work together were mentioned as strengths of Appanoose County.
Attendees voted on the top issues facing Appanoose County at the conclusion of the meeting. Mental Health, obesity, poverty and substance abuse were among concerns for improvement.
An additional meeting will be held in the future to discuss what comes next.