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DEI - Community Health Needs Assessment

About CHNA

Assistance in establishing priorities for community health and programming

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) looks at the health of a community by using data and collecting community input. CHNAs examine community health from a big-picture view and consider risk factors[PEL1] , quality of life, mortality, morbidity, access to health care and more. They assist in establishing priorities for community health and developing and implementing community health programming. 

To assess the health needs of Dane County, four area hospitals - UnityPoint Health - Meriter Hospital, SSM St. Mary's Hospital, Stoughton Hospital and UW Health - joined with Public Health Madison and Dane County to form a collaborative group known as Healthy Dane. 

UnityPoint Health - Meriter Hospital 
Public Health Madison and Dane County 
SSM St. Mary's 
Stoughton Hospital 

The website provides community organizations and the public with a wide variety of easy-to-access information that will help them better understand the health needs in Dane County, including: 

  • Data on how Dane County ranks on a wide range of health and quality of life indicators  

  • U.S. Census Bureau data that describes Dane County: People, Business and Geography Quick Facts 

  • How we are doing compared to the national Healthy People 2020 goals 

  • A database of Promising Practices helps the user find effective strategies used across the nation to address specific community health issues 

  • Tools to help the user generate reports 

The site was created by the Healthy Communities Institute in collaboration with representatives from the Healthy Dane partner organizations. HCI accesses and synthesizes publicly available data to create a continuously updated snapshot of the health of Dane County. Indicators are chosen based on national standards and the availability of local and comparison data.