But St. Luke’s dove deeper in response to its CHNA, launching the Healthy Conditions Assessment to look into particular census tracts that tend to see more sick people.
“We wanted to find out, for example, how people facing diabetes and obesity are dealing with it and what they are going through,” says Kyli Gough, community health manager for St. Luke’s Magic Valley and Jerome. “We looked at those areas where people are spending high amounts of income on housing, who have one or no vehicles in the home, low education levels, etc. A lot of things are coming out on a deeper level that really affect people’s ability to access care, like poor housing and unreliable transportation. It’s fascinating.”
As a result of the Healthy Conditions Assessment, which launched in June 2018, St. Luke’s is actively working with local transportation providers, faith-based groups and not-for-profits and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize plans for action.