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The 2012 Clark County Community Health Assessment consists of a telephone survey of 1,053 Clark County adults. The primary purpose of the survey of adults is to evaluate the health status of residents, establish public health priorities, and identify baseline measures for establishing public health program outcomes.
The assessment is based upon questions from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as community health assessments conducted by neighboring communities and priority health needs within the county. The assessment addresses access to and utilization of health care; the prevalence of certain diseases; lifestyle choices; early detection and immunizations; attitudes and behaviors toward health and prevention; and some broader community concerns.
The overall goal of the needs assessment is to perform a community health assessment that will lead to improved quality of public and private health services. In addition, the health assessment can be used for a variety of purposes such as the following:
- To assess the distribution of disease and behavioral risk factors
- To assess broad community health issues and to shape a broader definition of community health.
- To monitor the impact of community health action plans and trends in behavioral risk modifications. The concept behind community health assessments is to repeat them about every five years to determine if actions taken by communities are impacting the behaviors that lead to poor health.
- To provide a vehicle to discuss ways to improve community health. The study can assist stakeholders working collaboratively in the community to address issues that affect health.
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Center for Urban and Public Affairs, Wright State University (2012). Clark County Community Health Assessment. .