Bronson Seeks Community Input to Identify Area’s Most Pressing Health Needs

Published on May 26, 2016

Bronson Seeks Community Input to Identify Area’s Most Pressing Health Needs

2016 Community Health Needs Surveys Available Online

Every three years, Bronson Methodist Hospital gathers input from Kalamazoo County residents in an effort to identify and prioritize the area’s most urgent unmet health needs. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate by taking a brief and confidential online survey.

The survey for this year’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is available at It can be completed in about five minutes and all responses remain anonymous.

New this year, Bronson Children’s Hospital is piloting a youth version of the survey in Kalamazoo to gain a better understanding of the health needs specific to youth. If you have a child age 12-19, please encourage them to complete the Youth Health Needs Assessment survey at

Survey results will be analyzed along with secondary data and included in Bronson Methodist Hospital’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment report. Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson LakeView hospitals also field CHNA surveys in Calhoun and Van Buren counties, respectively. Reports for all three hospitals will be posted for public viewing on Bronson Healthcare’s website at the end of the year.

2013 CHNA results for each county can be viewed here on Access to care was identified in that survey as a top priority community health need. Since then, Bronson Healthcare has been focusing on partnerships and activities to:

  • Reduce the number of uninsured in the region through outreach, education, and enrollment assistance for the Marketplace and Healthy Michigan
  • Ensure residents obtain needed primary health care services and reduce barriers associated with seeking and receiving primary care
  • Improve care coordination that encompasses mental health, social services, and healthcare services

“As a community-owned health system and the area’s largest employer, we greatly appreciate hearing what members of our community say are their biggest health concerns. It gives us the insights we need to make sure that the care, outreach and community support we provide align with the top health concerns facing residents of southwest Michigan. As the only children’s hospital in the region, we are particularly interested this year in finding out what concerns young people bring to our attention. Their survey input will give us a more demographically complete snapshot of concerns as we work to identify what priorities to focus on for 2017 and beyond,” said Frank Sardone, Bronson Healthcare president and CEO.

Data collected in the 2016 adult and youth surveys in Kalamazoo will be ranked and shared with other community organizations that also provide healthcare and related services in Kalamazoo County.

If anyone has questions, comments, or requires special assistance to complete a survey, please contact Amy Terry, Bronson’s community health and grants director, at (269) 341-6104 or