Time for Yellowstone County Wellness Checkup | Health & Fitness

Yellowstone County is required to conduct its Wellness Screening, also known as a Community Health Needs Assessment. The Community Health Needs Assessment, or CHNA, is conducted to identify major health problems, gaps in services, and other factors that may contribute to less than optimal health for residents of our community. The CHNA is completed every three years in partnership with Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare.

The data collected is public and available to anyone in the community to help drive better health outcomes. A community health needs assessment helps local organizations make important decisions about their programs. The evaluation helps us all decide where we, as a community, should focus our efforts, both large and small.

We rely on our community to help with CHNA in many ways. First, representatives from the Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare work with an advisory committee of approximately 60 members and community leaders to choose survey questions, health trends and new areas of interest to measure. . An independent research firm, Professional Research Consultants, helps by managing and analyzing the survey results.

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Yellowstone County residents will have the opportunity to participate in the survey by phone and online. Participants will be asked to give their opinion and share experiences on various health issues and issues. I strongly encourage residents to answer their phones in the coming months to participate in this important effort. This survey will also be available online in the summer to receive more diverse feedback and greater representation from residents.

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About 300 community members who are involved in different sectors of Yellowstone County will receive an online key informant survey asking them about the top health concerns in their community.

This year, we will also partner with community health workers to reach vulnerable populations and identify the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. Community health workers will also seek residents’ input on chronic illnesses, obesity, mental illness, substance abuse, social isolation and more. Feedback from this project, called Resilient Yellowstone, will provide valuable insights into the barriers many of our neighbors face in staying well and meeting their health needs.

After gathering all this information, we will hold a community forum. Everyone in the county is welcome to join and learn about the results of the CHNA. The forum will provide Yellowstone County residents with an opportunity to help identify our top health needs to focus on for the next three years. Stay tuned for a community-wide invite later in 2022.

Eden Sowards, CHES, a Preventive Health Specialist at RiverStone Health, can be reached at 406-247-3200 or [email protected]