Community Health Needs Assessment

Western UP Health Department, in partnership with area healthcare providers, is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment. Health surveys were mailed November 13th to 8,500 randomly selected households in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties in white 6 by 9 inch envelopes from Western U.P. Health department marked “important health survey enclosed.”

Recipients are urged to complete the 12-page survey and return it promptly using the business reply envelope provided, or alternatively, to follow instructions to complete the survey on-line. As a token of appreciation, every household that is selected and completes the survey by December 4 will be entered in a prize drawing for one of ten $50 grocery gift cards.

The health department has teamed with local hospitals and behavioral health agencies to conduct the survey as part of a regional community health needs assessment, a follow-up to a similar project in 2012. The goal of this survey is to produce an accurate snapshot of the health of residents of the six Western U.P. counties. Information gathered from the survey will help develop a clearer picture of the region’s strengths and challenges related to health. Question topics include health insurance coverage, eating and exercise habits, tobacco and alcohol usage, chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer, and use of preventive services such as flu shots and mammograms. Survey responses are anonymous.

The survey is a collaborative project among the region’s 10 largest health care organizations, including Aspirus Grand View Hospital, Aspirus Iron River Hospital, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, Baraga County Memorial Hospital, Copper Country Community Mental Health Services, Gogebic County Community Mental Health Authority, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, U.P. Health System-Portage, and Western UP Health Department.

Survey results will be used along with data gathered from other sources to produce a comprehensive community health needs report. This report will be made widely available early next year.