Community Improvement

St. Peter’s Health is committed to making a positive impact on the health of the community it serves.  One of the many strategies it uses to do this is by providing for the unique health needs of Helena area residents.

SPH and Lewis and Clark Public Health began planning for the third  collaborative community health improvement process in 2018.  The goals of this process are to: 

  • To improve residents’ health status, increase their life spans, and elevate their overall quality of life.  A healthy community is not only one where its residents suffer little from physical and mental illness, but also one where its residents enjoy a high quality of life.
  • To reduce the health disparities among residents.  By gathering demographic information along with health status and behavior data, it will be possible to identify population segments that are most at-risk for various diseases and injuries.  Intervention plans aimed at targeting these individuals may then be developed to combat some of the socio-economic factors which have historically had a negative impact on residents’ health. 
  • To increase accessibility to preventive services for all community residents.  More accessible preventive services will prove beneficial in accomplishing the first goal (improving health status, increasing life spans, and elevating the quality of life), as well as lowering the costs associated with caring for late-stage diseases resulting from a lack of preventive care.

The process is a two-part one: first, identify the health needs facing our community (conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment, or CHNA); secondly, develop a measurable plan (a Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP) that prioritizes and focuses on the areas of greatest needs, taking into account the total available resources to effectively address those issues.

Learn more about our Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Learn more about our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).




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