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2014 Chatham County Community Health Report now Available!

It’s been over a year since we started the 2014 Community Health Assessment, and we are excited to announce that the final report has been completed! The report, which was approved by the Board of Health last month, has been submitted to the NC Division of Public Health for review. For the first time, the Chatham County Public Health Department and Chatham Hospital conducted the CHA as a collaborative effort.

Click the image above for the full report

Click the image above for the full report

The full report and the executive summary (English and Spanish) can be downloaded at www.chathamnc.org/reports. Printed copies of these documents will also be available at the health department’s Siler City and Pittsboro sites, Chatham Hospital, local libraries, and other locations around the county.

The purpose of the Community Health Assessment, or CHA, is to foster a better understanding of the health needs of Chatham County residents. The CHA process is used to establish health priorities for the next three years and culminates in an action plan to address these priorities. The CHA helps local agencies and organizations working on health issues to plan and coordinate their efforts, and to ensure that the most pressing health concerns are being addressed.

So, what are the health priorities for the next three years? After months of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, the Steering Committee established these three health priorities for the county:

  • Obesity
  • Access to Mental Health Services
  • Access to Healthcare

For more information about these, and other, health issues in Chatham, check out the report and/or executive summaries.

While this is the end of the assessment phase of the process, the work is no where near complete. The newly formed Chatham Health Alliance will determine strategies to address these issues locally, and then work collectively to enact those strategies. If you would like to learn more about the Alliance, contact Mike Zelek at michael.zelek@chathamnc.org.

We would also like to thank the many volunteers who made the process a success, including Steering Committee members, data collection volunteers, and the hundreds of county residents who shared their perspectives through surveys and focus groups. We could not have done it without you!


Community Health Survey Coming Next Week!

Every four years, the health department, as a requirement of the state for accreditation, conducts a Community Health Assessment (CHA). Part of our assessment is a community survey, where we reach out to county residents for perspectives on their community’s main health issues.

Next week, from March 12-15, county employees and volunteers will be going door-to-door to speak directly with residents. The survey was created by the CHA Steering Committee, which consists of over 40 community members and staff from local organizations and agencies. In total, the team aims to get around 210 responses from randomly-selected households across the county. The methodology is based on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) CASPER methodology. Learn more about the health assessment and community survey!


2010 Community Health Assessment Completed

The Chatham County Public Health Department has released the results of its 2010 Community Health Assessment. The report is the result of 15 months of work by a variety of community partners and residents.

The health assessment looks at health issues facing Chatham County residents, quality of life factors, barriers to health care, and an analysis of the health status of Chatham County residents.

The purpose of the health assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine priority areas to address. The Board of Health and health department staff will use the results to develop action plans around the top health priorities. The action plans will be in place until the next Community Health Assessment in 2014.

Chatham County residents’ opinions were sought through surveys, interviews, and focus groups during the process in order to help determine the priorities.

The top ten priorities from the 2010 Community Health Assessment are as follows:

1.      Obesity
2.      Physical Inactivity
3.      Affordable Housing
4.      Hunger
5.      Lack of Safe Areas to Walk/Bike
6.      Lack of Adequate/Affordable Health Insurance
7.      Diabetes
8.      Transportation
9.      Jobs/Adequate Employment
10.   Inadequate Systems (Water/Sewer)

The 2010 Community Health Assessment also includes the Youth Health Behavior Report. This document details the results of the Youth Health Behavior Survey performed on 6th-12th graders in the Chatham County School system during the 2009-2010 school year. The report analyzes the topic areas of obesity, injury and violence, substance abuse, and sexual health and risk behaviors among students.

The Chatham County Health Disparities Report will be released in February as a supplement to the 2010 Community Health Assessment.

For the complete report, please go to, http://www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=783

Members of 2010 Community Health Assessment Steering Team
Back row from left to right: Alison Mendoza, Marissa Jelks, Megan Bolejack
Front row from left to right: Carla Strickland, Ellie Morris, Kelly Evans, Kelcy Walker, Genevieve Megginson, Kathy Hodges, Joyce Sparling, Vanessa Farrar


Health Department Conducts Community Health Assessment

The Chatham County Public Health Department is currently working on the 2010 Community Health Assessment

The Community Health Assessment is completed every four years by the health department to find out what are the top health priorities in Chatham County. The health assessment also identifies what factors affect the health of a population and what resources are available within the community to address these factors. The last Community Health Assessment was completed  in 2006. 

The Community Health Assessment Steering Team began the 15-month process in September 2009. The team is made of representatives from the health department, agencies, non-profits, health agencies can we say health and human service agencies and use agency only once, local government, school system, and Chatham community members. 

The team put together the interview and focus groups guides and the Community Opinion Survey. Should this say that the team is interviewing  key informants in the community and conducting focus groups and then talk about the survey.   Members of the steering team took part in a training to conduct interviews and focus groups with Chatham County residents. 

After all the data from Chatham residents and health statistics is collected, the steering team will pull out the top health priorities for the county. The health priorities will be listed in a comprehensive report due out on December 6th

If you would like to help the health department collect data from Chatham residents, please take the Community Opinion Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010CHAsurvey. The survey will be open until July 1st.