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Chelsea Kiwanis Hears from Kate Yocum about Community Health Needs

Courtesy photo. Photo (L-R) Kate Yocum, Program Coordinator, Community Health Improvement, Chelsea Hospital, and SRSLY Coalition Director, Lexi Cummer,  SRSLY Student Leader, Haley Thomsen, Chelsea Kiwanis President.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bob Milbrodt for the information in this story.)

Last Monday, Chelsea Kiwanis heard from our own club member Kate Yocum, program coordinator, Community Health Improvement Department at Chelsea Hospital. She wanted to follow up with us after previously getting our thoughts on the community’s health needs.

Along with University of Michigan Health, Trinity Health Ann Arbor, Chelsea Hospital is collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to identify and prioritize needs, incorporating input from community members.

The three hospitals are also considering the size and severity of health issues, the ability to change and measure them, and the existence and causes of health disparities over the next three years.

The highest priority needs determined from their efforts are:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Access to Services
  3. Housing

The 2024 Community Health Needs Assessment & Implementation  Strategy full report will be published on each hospital’s website.

Now the hospitals are working on a plan to address those three priorities with an implementation strategy. This includes evaluation of current efforts and defining measurable goals and objectives for the next three years.

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