The 2016 Hendricks County Community Health Assessment (Community Health Assessment) provides an overview of the health and wellness of Hendricks County residents. Beginning in October 2014, the Hendricks County Health Partnership began the process of updating the county’s Community Health Assessment and 2016 Hendricks County Community Health Improvement Plan by establishing a Community Health Improvement Process Committee, forming a partnership with local hospital systems to collect health behavior data from residents, and implementing the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process to systematically gather additional data and set new health improvement priority areas with the input of local partners and the general public.
The Community Health Assessment provides an overview of the health status of Hendricks County residents based on data collected through the MAPP Process. This data includes resident feedback through the 2016 Hendricks County Community Health Assessment Survey (CHA Survey) and accompanying key informant interviews and focus groups, partner feedback through the 2016 Local Public Health System Assessment and Forces of Change Assessment, and collection of statistical data from a variety of sources, such as the United States Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and community health indicator databases.
The Community Health Assessment data is broken down into two sections: community health status by category, and community health status by specific population. These sections include data on the following:
- Morbidity and Mortality
- Access to Health Services
- Chronic Disease
- Communicable and Infectious Disease
- Environmental Health
- Health Behaviors
- Mental Health
- Personal and Public Safety
- Youth and Adolescents
- Older Adults
- Vulnerable Populations
- Minority Populations
- Service Members and Veterans
Partnership members reviewed the health data collected through the MAPP Process and identified five health improvement priority areas to target their individual and the Partnership’s resources through 2018:
- Accessing and Utilizing Health Care
- Mental Wellness
- Substance Abuse
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
- Tobacco use
The Partnership will be responsible for updating health data as it becomes available in this assessment and monitoring partner progress on completing strategies in the Community Health Improvement Plan. Additional information about strategies to address the priority areas is available in the Community Health Improvement Plan. Both documents will be updated in their entirety and re-released in January 2019.
We would love to hear your feedback about the Community Health Assessment! We are open to any changes or suggestions you may have regarding this document. Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment box at the bottom of this page. For additional information about this document, contact us at HendricksHealthPartnership@gmail.com or (317) 745-9618.