Community Health Needs Assessment
Not only is Burnett Medical Center receptive to our patients' needs inside our facility, but we are outside in the community as well. As a tax-exempt hospital, we are required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years. In partnership with the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services-Public Health and the St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic, we have conducted routine Community Health Needs Assessments since 2013. The goal of a Community Health Needs Assessment is to identify the most significant health needs among Burnett County residents. As a result, we develop an action plan to address the identified health needs. Here is Burnett Medical Center’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment.
When the first Community Health Needs Assessment revealed opportunities for improving Burnett County's health status, Burnett Medical Center took a lead role in these efforts. Rather than just simply meeting a requirement, Burnett Medical Center’s partnership with the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services-Public Health and the St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic, created an infrastructure for continual health improvement.
This infrastructure is known as the Healthy Burnett Coalition, which was formed in 2013 as a result of the Community Health Needs Assessment. Healthy Burnett is led by Burnett Medical Center and the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services-Public Health. This coalition brings together key community stakeholders to align activities and resources to enhance how the community addresses the identified health needs.
Healthy Burnett has been meeting regularly since June 2013. Over the years, Healthy Burnett has developed 3-year strategic action plans, which aligns activities to improve Burnett County’s top three health needs for that year. The 2019 strategic action plan is focusing on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Behavioral Health, and Tobacco Use.
For more information about Healthy Burnett, or to become a member and join in these efforts, please visit healthyburnett.org