Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) is seeking community input on the health needs of Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota through an online survey and local listening sessions.

Called a community health needs assessment, the survey is designed to gather information on unmet health needs in the area.

"We are working in conjunction with Winneshiek County Public Health to learn more about the health of our communities, and will collaborate with our partners to address needs not currently being met," said Gretchen Dahlen, WMC chief administrative officer

The community health needs assessment must be conducted every three years.

"The assessment will help us better understand - and ultimately improve - the health of residents in Winneshiek County and surrounding areas," Dahlen added.

WMC invites the public to complete an online survey addressing potential health concerns. The survey is open now through March 22 and can be found on the WMC website,, or directly by typing in the web address:

Survey questions are organized into five categories and should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Public input

Members of the public and local leaders are invited to attend community input sessions in Mabel, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Mabel Community Center, and in Calmar Thursday, April 4, from 4-5:30 at the South Winneshiek High School.

"We appreciate the thoughtful participation of community members. Input from citizens is the most authentic way for us to understand the health needs in our area," Dahlen said.