A community survey, called the quality of life survey, focused on residents’ perceptions of the health and quality of life in Teton County was completed during the winter of 2021. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Last week, St. John’s Health released the findings of it’s 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The survey, also called the ‘quality of life survey’, was completed during the winter of 2021 and focused on residents’ perceptions of the health and quality of life in Teton County.

The project led by Teton County Health Department and St. John’s Health, in partnership with over 35 community organizations—identified and prioritized the primary health issues facing Teton County.  By utilizing a framework modeled by Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), the project followed a step-by-step process to execute the third iteration of CHNA. The first Community Health Needs Assessment was conducted in  2015 and the second in 2018.

The survey’s target response rate was 1,300 respondents and by March 22,
2021, community members had completed a total of 1,598 questionnaires. Of these, 260 were completed in Spanish. If a respondent did not answer a question on the survey, that respondent was not counted in the total number of responses for that question.

After following the processes described above, the prioritized list of Teton County’s primary health behaviors and conditions for 2021 is as follows:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Alcohol Use
  3. Chronic Disease/Cancer Screenings
  4. Immunizations
  5.  Sexual/Reproductive Health
  6. Nicotine Use

The prioritized list of social needs and social determinants of health for 2021 is as follows:

  1. Housing
  2. Income Inequality
  3. Access to Health Care
  4. Food Insecurity

With these findings at hand, the next step for HTC is to work with community members to develop implementation plans for each of the issues discussed in this report. Implementation plans will include target measures, intended actions to be taken, and identification of key community partners. This Community Health Improvement Plan will be published later in 2021.

To view the full report and its extensive findings click here.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.