Community Health Needs Assessment

Improving the health of the community serves as a guidepost for CentraCare in a changing health care environment. We have come to recognize health means more than simply not being sick. We no longer try to create change in our community alone.

Along with being an IRS requirement for not-for-profit hospitals and a national standard and core function for local public health, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and accompanying Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)/Implementation Strategy/Implementation Plan create an opportunity to improve the health of communities through collective impact. They ensure that hospitals and our community partners have the information they need to provide community benefits that meet the needs of their communities. By statute, the process must take into account input from “persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health.”

In order to address population health needs and to decrease duplication, CentraCare is committed to cultivating strategic partnerships with a broad spectrum of local organizations to assess and plan around the changing needs of our communities. The CHNA and related documents for each hospital were approved by the relevant hospital and county boards and are presented here for the communities we serve.

Central MN Alliance

  • CentraCare Melrose
  • CentraCare Paynesville
  • CentraCare Sauk Centre
  • CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital
  • Benton County Public Health
  • Sherburne County Public Health
  • Stearns County Public Health

Central MN Alliance CHIP CHNA 2023-2025, Version 1, Updated 06.22

CMA Mailed Survey Fact Sheet

Assessment Data Books

Benton County


Region Electronic Data Book

Sherburne County

St. Cloud

Stearns County

Wright County Community Health Collaborative

  • CentraCare Monticello
  • Buffalo Hospital (Part of Alina Health)
  • Wright County Public Health
  • Wright County Community Action

2021 Community Health Survey Results - Monticello Wright County, Updated 06.22

Wright County Community Health Collaborative CHNA 2023-2025, Updated 07.23

Morrison-Todd-Wadena CHNA Collaborative

  • CentraCare Long Prairie
  • Lakewood Health System
  • Tri-County Health Care
  • CHI St. Gabriel's Health
  • Morrison County Public Health
  • Todd County Health and Human Services
  • Wadena Public Health

CentraCare Long Prairie CHNA and Implementation Strategy 2023-2025, Updated 06.22

Carris Health

Carris Health CHNA, Version 1, Updated 06.19

Southwest Health & Human Services Collaborative

  • Lincoln County
  • Lyon County
  • Murray County
  • Pipestone County
  • Redwood County
  • Rock County

Southwest Health & Human Services - Public Health Assessment and Planning

Southwest Health & Human Services - Community Health Improvement Plan 2022-2024

Countryside Public Health - Benson

Community Health Assessment 2020-2025

Strategic Plan 2019

Strategic Plan Fact Sheet

Community Health Improvement Plan 2020

Questions or Comments Can Be Directed to:

Danielle Protivinsky, DrPH, MPH
Director, Health Equity & Community Health Improvement
320-251-2700, ext. 77527

CentraCare Community Health Needs Assessment
2025 Stearns Way, Suite 102
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Previous CHNA documents: