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Community Health Needs Assessments

The St. Luke’s Health System Community Health Needs Assessments, or CHNAs, help us better understand the most significant health challenges facing the people and families in communities across our region.

The comprehensive analysis allows us to pinpoint, assess, and address our communities’ most critical needs. St. Luke’s uses the information to guide the types of health improvement programs we provide and support with community partners. The goal is to address the top health needs, provide the best care, and lower the overall cost of health care. In addition to extensive national, state, and local health data, the CHNAs incorporate feedback from interviews with community representatives who help us identify and prioritize our health needs. The community representatives also suggest programs to help us address the health needs. 

St. Luke’s analyzed more than 60 potential health needs and health factors. Researchers looked at health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment. The potential health needs are prioritized, and the needs that rank among the top 10% are considered to be our most significant health needs.


Significant Health Needs in Boise/Meridian

  1. Improve the prevention, detection and treatment of obesity and diabetes
  2. Improve mental health and reduce suicide
  3. Reduce drug misuse
  4. Improve access to affordable health insurance

Significant Health Needs in Elmore

  1. Improve the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes
  2. Improve mental health and reduce suicide
  3. Prevent and reduce tobacco use

Significant Health Needs in Jerome

  1. Improve the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes
  2. Improve mental health
  3. Improve access to affordable health insurance

Significant Health Needs in Magic Valley

  1. Improve the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes
  2. Improve mental health
  3. Improve access to affordable health insurance

Significant Health Needs in McCall

  1. Improve the prevention and management of obesity 
  2. Improve mental health
  3. Reduce substance abuse: Drug misuse and excessive drinking
  4. Improve access to affordable dental care
  5. Improve access to affordable health care and affordable health insurance

Significant Health Needs in Nampa

  1. Improve the prevention, detection and treatment of obesity and diabetes
  2. Improve mental health and reduce suicide
  3. Reduce drug misuse
  4. Improve access to affordable health insurance

Significant Health Needs in Wood River

  1. Improve the prevention and management of obesity 
  2. Improve mental health
  3. Reduce substance abuse: Drug misuse and excessive drinking
  4. Improve access to affordable dental care
  5. Improve access to affordable health insurance


CHNA Implementation Plans

St. Luke’s collaborates with the people, leaders, and organizations in the communities we serve to carry out an implementation plan designed to address many of the most pressing community health needs identified in this assessment. Utilizing effective, evidence-based programs and policies, we work together with trusted partners to improve community health outcomes and well-being toward the goal of attaining the healthiest community possible. These partner organizations include:

  • The Idaho Foodbank
  • Valley Regional Transit
  • Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Elmore County Health Coalition 
  • Southwest District Health
  • Central District Health

Contact Us

Together, we can address our communities’ most significant health needs. If you have questions, thoughts, or ideas, please send us an email.