Community Assessments, Plans & Support

Gundersen Health System works in partnership with a wide range of area organizations to help improve health in the communities we serve.

Assessing health needs is an important part of the mission of hospitals and county health departments. All partners involved in this community health needs assessment process agree their organizations share a common vision of improving community health and yet may prioritize needs and address them differently in subsequent action plans for their organizations.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

Community Health Needs Assessment

Community Needs Assessment
Community Needs Assessment Executive Summary

Implementation Plan

Community Health Implementation Plan 2016-2018
Community Health Implementation Plan 2013-2015
2015 plan update

If you have questions regarding the community health needs assessment or implementation plan or would like to provide feedback, please contact Sarah Havens, (608) 775-6580 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 56580 or email

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics

Community Health Needs Assessment

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics worked in partnership with area organizations help improve the health the communities we serve. Committee partners include: Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, Grant Regional Health Center, Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, Southwest Health Center, Grant and Crawford County Extension and Grant and Crawford County Health Departments.

Grant and Crawford Counties Community Health Needs Assessment

Implementation Plan

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics Action Plan

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics

Community Health Needs Assessment

Through focus groups, we have learned more about the health needs of northeast Iowa. The process, called a Community Health Needs Assessment, is designed to gather information on unmet health needs in the area and identify ways we can help meet those needs.

Our Community Health Needs Assessment identified three priority categories of concern:

  • Resources/Knowledge of Services: confusion or no knowledge of current services within the community and other providers/organizations; organizations not working in sync to offer the best care to the community; funds between organizations are not being collaborated; no place to find all health-related organizations quickly; confusion over insurance.
  • Youth Health/Wellbeing Concerns: obesity within the youth population is increasing; healthy eating/nutrition; safe environments; lack of basic life necessities; lack of mentors; sex education; staying fit; social media; lack of places to participate in physical activities; and lack of life skills.
  • Disaster Preparedness: community as a whole is not prepared for disasters; lack of action plan; need for simulations; unsure where to find resources before/during/after a disaster.

Thirty activities to address identified community health needs (above) are outlined in a report called a Health Improvement Plan. These activities will occur during a three-year period (2014-2017).

Community Health Needs Assessment

Appendix A | Appendix B

Implementation Plan

Implementation Plan

For questions call (563) 422-3811.

Community Health

2015 Fayette County Community Health Needs Assessment

2015 Fayette County Health Improvement Plan

Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics

Community Contribution Requests

Gundersen support for community programs and projects is determined by a committee.

In order to make appropriate decisions on support, we ask that a funding request form be completed and returned to Gundersen's Community & Preventive Care Services at least one week prior to a scheduled meeting.

2017 Meeting Dates:

February 6, April 3, June 5, August 7, October 2, December 4

Funding request form

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