In the latest
Community Health Needs Assessment, Healthy Teton County noted the community’s top community health
issues to be mental health, alcohol, sexual and reproductive health, chronic
disease and cancer screenings, and smokeless tobacco. The full 2018 Community
Health Needs Assessment report will be published in the spring of 2018,
along with a Community Health Implementation Plan that outlines the goals
and strategies for addressing each identified issue.
This is the second iteration of the Community Health Needs Assessment,
conducted through Healthy Teton County, a community health initiative led by
Teton County Public Health and St. John’s Medical Center, with participation from over 25 local
organizations. The partnership followed the MAPP (Mobilizing for Action
through Planning and Partnerships) framework, a national best practice
to help communities identify community health issues and resources to
“Through this year’s MAPP process, the scope of our Community
Health Needs Assessment has been significantly expanded and community
participation in the process greatly enhanced,” said St. John’s
CEO Paul Beaupré, MD.
Data was obtained from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
Wyoming Department of Health,
County Health Rankings, and
Network of Care. To complement this data, a quality of life survey was conducted with
community members. Over 1300 surveys were completed, including 300 in Spanish.
Community health issues were identified when Teton County’s quantitative
data did not meet a goal from the federal
Healthy People 2020 program or when Teton County performed statistically worse than the state
average. The top community issues identified from the quality of life
survey were used to substantiate the issues identified from the quantitative data.
The committee also distinguished between community health issues and social
determinants of health. Healthy People 2020 defines social determinants
of health as conditions in the environments in which people are born,
live, learn, work, play, and age that affect a range of health outcomes
and risks. These conditions include factors like socioeconomic status,
education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks.
The social determinants of health identified this year were severe housing,
access to care, and food insecurity. Public Health Director, Jodie Pond
stated, “The social determinants of health are multifaceted and
require a system-wide approach to address these issues. They are best
addressed by bringing nontraditional partners together to focus these
For additional information about the Teton County MAPP process, visit
www.healthytetoncounty.org or call Julia Heemstra at 307.739.7244 or Jodie Pond at 307.732.8461.