Community voices for health

March 27, 2017
PKIMC_CHNA2To better understand the most pressing health needs for Kodiak Island residents, Providence Health & Services conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years.

“This year was a great success, because we had more community respondents than ever before,” said Barbara Bigelow, chief executive, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. “It was truly a collaborative community effort thanks to the guidance of our advisory group, the 785 residents of Kodiak who completed the survey and the many volunteers who helped.”

Identifying top health priorities, together

“The voices of our community are very important in assessing top health priorities,” said Bigelow. Based on the data and input gathered in the assessment, Providence’s community benefit investments and programs will be prioritized to address the following areas of need over the next three years.

  • Behavioral health: substance abuse and mental health
  • Socio-economic determinants of health: culture, employment, housing, income and other related determinants of health
  • Primary care utilization and access: health care resource education and navigation 

You can view the full report for Kodiak Island online, in addition to the communities we serve across Alaska. The next step in addressing identified needs is the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan.

Measuring our success

Providence Health & Services provided more than $71 million in community benefit across Alaska in 2016. Through programs and donations, health education, charity care, medical research and more, Providence fulfills unmet needs and improves the health and well-being of those we serve – especially the most poor and vulnerable.