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SSM Health to Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment

MT. VERNON – In an effort to better understand the health care needs of the community, SSM Health – Southern Illinois is asking people who live, work, and play in primarily in Jefferson, Marion and Franklin counties to complete a short survey. We are also seeking feedback from residents in Clay, Clinton, Wayne, Hamilton and Washington counties. 

The survey allows community members to have a direct impact on programs and services offered and is part of a larger Community Health Needs Assessment being conducted by SSM Health in 2021 to help improve the quality of life of our residents.

“Our mission at SSM Health Southern Illinois is to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by improving and providing regional, cost effective, quality health services for everyone, with a special concern for the poor and vulnerable. By seeking community feedback regarding health needs, we can make well-informed decisions regarding programs and services that are most needed,” says Jeremy Bradford, President, SSM Health Good Samaritan – Mount Vernon. 

The survey includes questions about health coverage; community needs; health care use; environment and social factors; children and families; and demographic information. Results of the survey will be factored in to the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which will guide and inform the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in order to coordinate programs for the overall wellness of the community. Community conversations will also take place in Marion, Jefferson, and Franklin counties to help inform the Community Health Needs Assessment.

According to Damon Harbison, President SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, “the Community Health Needs Assessment process will help us to identify barriers to accessing care and preventing illness, while addressing social, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health. When prioritizing health needs, community input is essential and required for the CHNA process.”

All residents are invited to complete the online survey and responses will be strictly anonymous and no identifiable information will be collected. The survey can be found here:

For more information, to receive printed copies of the survey to distribute, or to participate in a community conversation, please contact Alka Jain, Community Health Specialist at or call 618-899-1082.