Services & Programs


Every five years, Palmer Community Health leads a community-wide discussion with stakeholders and residents about their community's health needs. After identifying needs in the community, strategies to address those needs are identified. The process, Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA & HIP), is a fundamental piece of statewide health planning. CHNA & HIP has more than a 20 year history in Iowa and represents local action to promote and protect the health of Iowans.

All 99 counties must submit a brief report on their needs assessment and health improvement plans to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Thousands of Iowans participated in the process in their communities. Community engagement included community-wide meetings with residents and health stakeholders, survey participation, and direct comments.

From the recent plan, the following objectives were determined as a priority for Fayette County:

  1. By 2020, support healthy activities in country communication to decrease obesity in adults and children.
  2. By 2020, create and deliver a consistent marketing message in collaboration from health care partners to the residents of Fayette County.

To view the current 2015 CHNA, click here.

To view the current 2015 HIP, click here.

To view a report of the 2010/2011 Palmer Community Health CHNA-HIP, click here.