Assessing Our Community's Health


St. Anthony’s partnered with local agencies in 2005 to conduct a Community Health Assessment. The goal of the assessment was to determine the physical, emotional, and safety needs of Effingham County residents and develop strategies to address the identified needs. The project was funded through a generous grant through the Friends of St. Anthony’s.

Research Firm:
Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC)

Health Assessment Process:
For the health assessment, PRC conducted a comprehensive, three-part assessment which included telephone interviews, community health panels, and the collection of secondary data. One thousand, random telephone interviews with Effingham County residents were completed. The second part of the assessment involved community agency leaders who were asked to serve on a community health panel and provide their input as to the health of Effingham County residents. These individuals were chosen by the steering committee. Results from the telephone survey and the panel discussions, along with other statistical data, were combined to determine the health needs of Effingham County residents.

Checkup 2005 Survey Results
Click here for Effingham County Checkup 2005 Survey Results.

Recent Alliance Activities
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Formation of Alliance for a Healthier Effingham County
A year after the initial study, the Checkup 2005 steering committee and the members of the Healthcare Spoke of Vision 2020 merged to form the Alliance for a Healthier Effingham County. This merger was completed as a result of shared health priorities for Effingham residents. The Alliance members continue to meet on a quarterly basis.

Alliance for a Healthier Effingham County Members:
Sr. Carol Beckermann, Catholic Charities of Effingham
Dot Behrns, Family Care Associates of Effingham, S.C.
Kim Esker, Effingham County Health Department
Mary Finley, St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
JoAnn Garbe, Dieterich
Rosie Gibbons, University of Illinois Extension Center
Bill Grimes, Effingham Daily News
Kal Keitel, St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
John Kingery, Kingery Printing Company
Bonnie Kruse, St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
Norma Lansing, Greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce
Mike McCollum, Effingham High School
Jody Puckett, St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
Greg Sapp, Premier Broadcasting
Terriann Tharp, St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
Dan Woods, St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital