2019 Community Health Assessment

The 2019 Community Health Assessment (CHA) was created for the five counties within the Southeast
Health District (Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties) under the direction of the
Southeast District Health Department (SEDHD). This assessment was completed in partnership with the
district’s six non-for-profit hospitals; Johnson County Hospital, Nemaha County Hospital, CHI Health St.
Mary’s, Syracuse Area Health, Pawnee County Memorial Hospital, and Community Medical Center; the
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD), and various other community partners and

The CHA process is a collaborative effort and aims to serve as a single source of data for community
partners and organizations. The primary objective of this assessment is to describe the health status of the
population, identify areas for health improvement, and outline the health priorities of the communities. To
provide continuous and up-to-date data, this assessment will be updated every three years. Subsequent
revisions to this assessment should evaluate progress towards health priorities and detail new priorities,
when applicable. This assessment serves as the fundamental basis for the Community Health
Improvement Plan (CHIP) and as a reference document for the six hospitals to assist with strategic

This report contains a broad array of demographic and public health data collected from secondary
sources and includes primary data collected by SEDHD.