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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!