We often practice random acts of kindness, but believe that a systematic approach is best for providing ongoing support for community health. Staff members at each healthcare ministry work with community development professionals to assess community strengths and challenges, identify gaps, and develop or support programs to address those issues.
Periodically, each health ministry partners with its community to conduct a formal community assessment.
Community assessment results are reflected in St. Vincent’s strategic planning process for each community as well as in the strategic plans of other community agencies. The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessments and the FY20 — 22 Implementation Strategies have been approved and adopted by each of St. Vincent’s hospital boards.