An overview of the 2019 community health needs assessment for Olmsted County will be provided to county commissioners Tuesday.

This year’s report — the third since Olmsted County, Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic started working on the periodic assessments in 2012 — identifies mental health, financial stress and substance abuse as the top community health priorities.

“This cooperative effort is really a great example of how Mayo Clinic and the community of Rochester and Olmsted County are inextricably linked,” said Erin Sexton, Mayo Clinic’s enterprise director of community relations.

The collective effort includes defining leading health indicators for the community after combing through data from surveys and listening sessions with community members to understand concerns and perceptions of health, safety, and quality of life.

The report identifies heart disease (23 percent) and cancer (22 percent) as the leading causes of death locally, and also indicates a third of adults are considered financially stressed.

It also points to a variety of negative and positive health indicators throughout the community, from reports of binge drinking among 28 percent of adults to 47 percent reportedly consume four or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

The results indicate the overall health status of the community remains positive, according to those working on it, but more work could achieve benefits in specific areas, especially where vulnerable populations are often bearing a disproportionate burden.

“Healthcare systems continually strive to balance organizational resources with community need,” Olmsted Medical Center President James A. Hoffman said. “The Community Health Needs Assessment is a valuable tool to assist healthcare systems in focusing initiatives, programs and resources to effectively address the needs of our community as defined in this report.”

The full CHNA assessment, executive summary and supplemental documents is available on Olmsted County’s website.

The review of the assessment will be part of the Olmsted County Board’s regular meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday in board chambers of the city-county Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE.

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