St. Margaret's is pleased to have collaborated with Bureau and Putnam County Health Department and many other partners to complete an extensive Community Needs Assessment (IPLAN).


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Purpose Statement:

The Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) is a process that every certified health department in Illinois uses to assess the health of the community and plan programs that address health needs that are specific to the local community. Simply stated, it is a way of determining as a community what the health needs are in our counties and how we can best utilize our resources to improve the health of our citizens.


The IPLAN committee is composed of members of the community from a broad range of fields, including St. Margaret's. The committee's role is to choose what we see as the top three health problems in Bureau and Putnam County, through discussion and reviewing statistics. Then, over the course of the next five years the health department and community partners will work to improve the health of our community in these four areas. Because health needs are identified by a committee of community members, the IPLAN represents a health assessment of our community, by our community.

Introduction to Objectives and Strategies

The objectives and strategies are designed to address the risk factors and contributing factors listed in the Health Problem Analysis Diagram that are within the scope of the IPLAN to address.


Here are just a few of the ISSUES focused on:

  • Reduce Alcohol, Tobacco & Marijuana use and Alcohol Binging
  • Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity
  • Access to Care
  • Mental Health

Implementation Strategies to Meet Identified Community Needs

St. Margaret's Health (SMH) has responded to needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment through the following initiatives.


  • SMH offers smoking cessation classes.
  • SMH participates in Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), Kids' Camp, and Operation Prom-ise to discourage children from abusing alcohol, nicotine and marijuana. 
  • SMH participates with Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) in providing “Hidden in Plain Sight: Looks Can be Deceiving”, a program for parents to help identify drug abuse. 
  • SMH participates in many health fairs throughout the communities to encourage healthy activities such as proper nutrition. 
  • SMH added a bariatric inpatient room to better serve the unique needs of bariatric patients. 
  • SMH hired additional dietitians to help more people in the community to have a healthier diet. 
  • SMH hired additional physicians and midlevel providers (physician assistants and nurse practitioners) to improve access to care. 
  • SMH offers sports physicals at various schools to improve access to care. 
  • SMH worked jointly with North Central Behavioral Health Systems to promote and improve mental health.
  • SMH provided programs to the community to promote self-esteem and to discourage bullying, such as Boy Talk and Girl Talk. 
  • SMH participated in community programs to promote mental health such as:
    • Suicide awareness walks in Bureau and LaSalle counties
    • Participating  in the planning committee for Teen Showcase
    • Participating in Challenge Days at LaSalle-Peru High School

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