Community Health Needs Assessment

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act calls for all not-for-profit hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment that identifies the community’s top health care issues. Additionally, Public Health Departments must conduct a health needs assessment for accreditation. For hospitals, this assessment must be repeated every three years. In March 2013, the Healthy Shawnee County Task Force, consisting of Shawnee County Health Agency, St. Francis Health, and Stormont Vail Health, completed their initial assessment. The 2016 Shawnee County Community Health Needs Assessment was presented to the Shawnee County Board of Health in March 2016.

Key Facts

Healthy Eating & Active Living:

  • 68 percent of Shawnee County adults are overweight or obese.
  • 10 percent of low income residents live in food deserts.

Babies & Youth:

  • 54 percent of Shawnee County infants are not fully immunized by age two.
  • 9 percent of births are to teen moms (ages 15-19).

Access to Care & Chronic Conditions:

  • 17 percent of Shawnee County adults under the age of 65 do not have health insurance.
  • Approximately half of the adult population has one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or arthritis.

Social Determinants:

  • 60 percent of health outcomes are tied to social and environmental factors and the personal behaviors influenced by those factors (20 percent attributed to medical care and 20 percent to genetic predispositions).

Mental Health & Substance Abuse:

  • 22 percent of adults will be diagnosed with depression sometime in their lifetime.
  • There is a shortage of mental health services locally and statewide.
  • 20 percent of Shawnee County adults smoke cigarettes.