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Our Research


For more than 15 years, we’ve strengthened our standard of care with rigorous Community Health research to identify the most pressing health needs across the communities we serve.

This important commitment is anchored by Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs), conducted every 3 years by each of our hospitals, and brought to life through comprehensive Implementation Strategies (IS) that are updated each year.

Community Health Data

Since 2003, Aurora has partnered with local health departments across eastern Wisconsin to survey residents on their health status and habits and identify areas of greatest need.

These comprehensive community health surveys, conducted every 3 years through a grant provided by Aurora, allow our hospitals to:

  1. Gather specific data on behavioral and lifestyle habits of the adult population, including selected information about each respondent’s household. 
  2. Accumulate data on the prevalence of risk factors and disease conditions existing within the adult population.
  3. Compare, where appropriate and available, health data of residents to state and national measurements. 

The primary community health data provided by these surveys is supplemented with secondary data reports and key informant interview reports, rounding out a range of reliable data sources for Community Health Needs Assessments.

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Our Hospitals

With insights gained through CHNAs, each of our hospitals is responsible for establishing a proactive Implementation Strategy that maps out how they will use their resources to address community health needs. 

While hospitals’ specific priorities vary, all demonstrate dedication to Aurora’s 3 core principles of community benefit:

  1. Increasing Access and Expanding Coverage
  2. Providing a Community Health Improvement Plan
  3. Building a Seamless Continuum of Care

Select a hospital below to access the latest Community Health Needs Assessment reports and Implementation Strategies and learn more about key community health needs and priorities.

A Shared Approach: Milwaukee County CHNA

Learn about our collaborative research to uncover overarching health issues.

Community Board

As the governing body for Aurora Community Benefits, the Community Board is authorized to review, assess and formally adopt all Community Health Needs Assessment reports and Implementation Strategies.

Community Board Members

Daniel J. Minahan, Committee Chairperson
Continental Properties

Robert Figueroa, Vice President
Tri City National Bank

Nan Gardetto
Every Day Good Foundation

Janet Wessel Krejci, Dean, College of Nursing
Marquette University

Vincent Lyles, President and CEO
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Lead Staff

Cristy Garcia-Thomas, Chief External Affairs Officer
Advocate Aurora Health

Mark Huber
Aurora Community Health

Patrick Rath
Aurora Health Care Foundation

Rachel Roller
Aurora Government and Community Relations

Randy Varju
Aurora Health Care Foundation

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