Community Health Assessment Efforts
According to the Institute of Medicine, one of the core functions of public health is “assessment.” Community health assessment is a “process by which community members gain an understanding of the health, concerns, and health care systems of the community by identifying, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on community assets, strengths, resources, and needs” (NC Division of Public Health, http://publichealth.nc.gov/lhd/cha/index.htm). This assessment process provides a way to identify pressing health concerns and develop community action plans to address these concerns.
The Division of Public Health conducts a comprehensive community health assessment (CHA) every three or four years in collaboration with community partners. During the off-years when the comprehensive CHA is not being conducted, the GCDPH also produces an abridged review of current health data and trends, which is published as the State of the County’s Health Report (SOTCH).
The Division of Public Health is part of Healthy Carolinians, a statewide network of partnerships that conduct community health assessment and address identified health-related issues at the community level (go to Care Share Health Alliance for more information). Healthy Carolinians partnership efforts often align with national Healthy People 2020 and Healthy NC 2020 objectives. Click here for more information on Healthy People 2020 or Healthy NC 2020.
The Division of Public Health’s Health Surveillance and Analysis Unit also collects and maintains a wide variety of health data on the citizens of the county and makes these data available to keep community members, health providers, policy makers, and community organizations up to date on health trends. These data describe the health status of Guilford County as compared to North Carolina as a whole. Data are available on leading causes of death, communicable diseases, chronic diseases, maternal and infant health and injury mortality.
2016 Community Health Assessment Currently Underway
The 2016 collaborative community health assessment is currently underway with leadership from the Division of Public Health and other community partners. A collaborative process allows public health, non-profit hospitals and community stakeholder to focus together on critical Guilford County issues and to plan and implement interventions to address these issues. A collective process also meets the health department’s accreditation requirements and the hospital’s IRS requirement to complete a community health needs assessment.
The 2016 CHA organizational partners include:
• GCDHSS, Public Health Division
• Cone Health
• High Point Regional Health
• Cone Health Foundation
• Foundation for a Healthy High Point
• United Way of Greater Greensboro
• United Way of Greater High Point
• UNC Greensboro’s Department of Public Health
For more information, go to Click here.
2015 State of Guilford County’s Health Report
The Public Health Division is pleased to issue the State of Guilford County’s Health Report (SOTCH) for 2015. This report provides the most up-to-date data on leading health issues, such as infant mortality, chronic disease and communicable disease rates and leading causes of death. The report also provides updates on recent data and highlights progress made on these health priorities identified during the most recent Community Health Assessment. For more information, Click here.
2016 Health Status of Guilford County Data Briefs
As new data become available, the Health Surveillance and Analysis Unit compiles these statistics into data briefs. These briefs provide detailed statistics on leading causes of death, chronic and communicable diseases, maternal and child health and injuries. To view these briefs, click here.
2014 State of Guilford County’s Health Report
The Guilford County’s Health Report for 2014 provides a way for community members, leaders, organizations and others to see how Guilford County is responding to leading health issues. The 2014 SOTCH Report also provides information on health priorities identified in the 2012-2013 Community Health Assessment and highlights recent data and progress made on these pressing health priorities. For more information click here.
2012-2013 Guilford County Community Health Assessment
The Division of Public Health partnered with Cone Health, Cone Health Foundation, High Point Regional Health System and UNC Greensboro’s Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation to conduct the Guilford County 2012-13 Community Health Assessment (CHA). For more information, click here.
2012 State of Guilford County’s Health Report
The Guilford County’s Health Report for 2012 provides a quick way for community members, leaders and others to see how Guilford County measures up on leading health indicators. The information found in our State of the County’s Health Report also highlights Guilford County’s health ranking as published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Click here to view the State of Guilford County’s Health Report 2012.
2011-2012 Guilford County Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results
To measure the health of Guilford County middle and high school youth, Public Health partnered with Guilford Education Alliance, UNC Greensboro’s Department of Public Health Education and Health & Human Sciences Office of Research and Guilford County Schools to administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to a representative sample of Guilford County School students in 2011 and report these results. For more information about the 2011-2012 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results, click here.
Additional Health Data Resources
Click here to find other national, state and local resources for health statistics.
If you do not see what you are looking for or if you have a particular request for health statistics, contact:
Mark Smith, Ph.D.
Laura Mrosla, MPH, MSW
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