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Healthcare leaders encourage participation in town hall discussion

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Healthcare providers in Marion, Ralls, Pike, Lewis, Shelby, and Monroe counties recently conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

The results of this assessment, along with secondary research highlighting publicly available information regarding the health status of the region, will be explored at an upcoming town hall meeting on Thursday, June 20 at the Quality Inn in Hannibal from 5:30-7 p.m.

All area residents are invited to participate in this gathering. Participants will engage in the process of prioritizing health issues which will then be used by the steering committee to identify the region’s top priorities.

“We hope the community will take advantage of this opportunity to provide input into the future of healthcare and services we offer. We value area residents’ insights. The feedback we receive from this assessment is essential in planning for the future health and wellness of our region,” commented Pranav Parikh, MD, a member of the Regional CHNA Steering Committee.

The results of this research and community assessment will then be used by regional health providers to develop a three-year strategy to address the top health challenges in the region. A regional steering committee has been formed to lead and monitor this process. Participants from Pike County include Judy Prater, director of nursing, Pike County Memorial Hospital; Justin Selle, administrator, Pike County Health Department; and Rhonda Stumbaugh, community health coordinator, Pike County Health Department.

For more information about the survey, the upcoming town hall meeting, or this regional health assessment and strategic planning process, contact Julie Leverenz, vice president of strategy and planning for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System and project coordinator for the CHNA, at