Fairview talks with people in our communities and listens to their health concerns through a formal process known as a "Community Health Needs Assessment" or CHNA.
Based on what we learn, we develop new programs and partnerships—or extend existing ones—that address the top health priorities identified by people living in each of the communities we serve.
Part of our core mission
Fairview has undertaken these assessments voluntarily every three years since 1995. They're now required under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—but we see them as much more than a legal requirement.
"This is really about being true to Fairview's core mission of improving the health of the communities we serve" says Ann Ellison, director of Fairview community health, church relations and medical missions. "We've always felt it was important for us to listen to the community."
Fairview completed assessments for all six of our hospital communities in 2012. This involved hundreds of in-person interviews and online surveys as well as dozens of focus groups with a broad range of people. Below are links to each of our local action plans and our overview report.
2012 Community Health Needs Assessments
Overview document (PDF)
Fairview Lakes Medical Center (PDF)
Fairview Northland Medical Center (PDF)
Fairview Range (PDF)
Fairview Ridges Hospital (PDF)
Fairview Southdale Hospital (PDF)
University of Minnesota Children's Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center (PDF)
Find out more about Fairview's commitment to our communities.