Community Health Assessment Efforts

The Division of Public Health conducts a comprehensive community health assessment (CHA) of the health of Guilford County residents every three years in collaboration with community partners. During the off-years when the comprehensive CHA is not being conducted, the Public Health also produces the State of the County’s Health Report (SOTCH), an abridged review of current health data and trends.

According to the Institute of Medicine, one of the core functions of public health is “assessment.” CHA 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, This assessment process provides a way to identify pressing health concerns and develop community action plans to address these concerns.

2016 Community Health Assessment Complete 

1n 2016, the Division of Public Health and other health, social and community partners collaborated to complete a community health assessment. A collaborative process allows public health, non-profit hospitals and community stakeholder to work together to identify critical Guilford County issues and to plan and implement interventions to address these issues.

The 2016 Guilford County CHA analyzed existing data on the county health needs and strengths and informed the identification of priority health issues. These findings also lead us to action plans.

For more information about the 2016 CHA, identified priorities and action planning, click here.

2016 and 2017 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.

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.

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.
Phone: 336-641-6844


Laura Mrosla, MPH, MSW
Health Educator
Phone: 336-641-6113
Fax: 336-641-6971

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