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Community Health Needs Assessment

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Community Health Needs Assessment


The purpose of the Community Health Needs Assessment is to identify and prioritize the health and wellness needs of individuals in Richland County and the surrounding areas.

  • With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), IRS Code 501(r)(3) all non-profit hospitals are required to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments.
  • Wisconsin State Statutes Chapter 251.05 requires local health departments to conduct community health needs assessments. Additional local public health requirements in community health assessment and planning are found in Administrative Rules Chapter DHS 140.04.

2016 Report Summary

In order to better assess the communities we serve, the following organizations partnered to complete the latest 2016 assessment.

  • The Richland Hospital, Inc.
  • University of Wisconsin Extension
  • Richland School District
  • Richland County Public Health

The 2016 Richland County Area Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) has been completed and is available for viewing below.

While working to find the community’s greatest health needs, the Health Assessment and Wellness Commission (HAWC) conducted a community survey. With the survey, individuals identified the community’s greatest health and social strengths.

The five greatest community health strengths

  • Ability to get emergency medical care
  • Ability to get primary health care
  • Opportunities to be active
  • Ability to get dental care
  • Community resources and support

The three greatest social strengths

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Public and personal safety

The top health needs to be addressed

The hope is that our community can utilize these strengths and work together to address the three primary health needs identified in the upcoming Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

  • Substance abuse prevention & treatment
  • Overweight/obesity prevention & treatment
  • Mental health care

You can help

The next step in improving the health of our community will be to create a Community Health Improvement Plan. We all need to work together to utilize our strengths and share idea. We welcome your ideas. If you are interested in participating in the creation of a community health improvement plan (CHIP) or have ideas that you would like to share, contact any member of HAWC. We are stronger together when we understand different views and hear everyone’s thoughts.

Members of HAWC included:

  • Chris Drea Richland Hospital, Director of Marketing
  • Marianne Stanek Richland County Health and Human Services – Public Health, County Health Officer
  • Chelsea Wunnicke UW Extension, Richland County Family Living Agent
  • Dr. David May Richland Hospital, Medical Chief of Staff
  • Cindy Chicker Richland Hospital, Assistant Administrator
  • Shawn Tjossem Richland School District, School Psychologist
  • Jarred Burke Richland School District, District Administrator


Community Health Needs Assessment Reports

Full reports can be viewed by clicking on the document images below (it may take your browser a few moments to open the document).


Thumbnail image showing the cover of the 2016 Richland County Area Community Health Needs Assessment


2013 Community Health Needs Assessment