Health study outlines major challenges for Malheur County

A recent health study conducted by the Saint Alphonus Health System lists affordable housing as a key problem for residents in Washington, Payette and Malheur counties. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Residents living in the western Treasure Valley face unique health needs and only a unified effort will resolve them, according to a recent study released by the Saint Alphonsus Health System.

The 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment listed a scarcity of affordable and available housing, lack of financial stability and mental health needs as the top three community health problems in Washington, Payette and Malheur counties.

The assessment was the work of a 19-member advisory committee consisting of local people and 12 area organizations and used information gathered from focus groups, interviews and a survey of residents to assemble the study.

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