Local News: Hamilton County Health Department unveils latest health assessment for 2024

2024 A Picture of Our Health: Guiding the Path to a Healthier Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Health Department has released its 2024 A Picture of Our Health Community Health Assessment, a comprehensive report on the health of residents in the county. This report, which is published every 4-5 years, focuses on eight key factors that impact the health of residents, including access to health care and coverage, environmental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, mental health, injuries, substance abuse and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Dawn Ford, Epidemiology Department Manager, emphasizes the importance of the 175-page assessment in guiding efforts to reduce the impact of these diseases. Dr. Ford hopes that community members will adopt healthier behaviors such as increased exercise, better nutrition and cessation of smoking to improve overall health outcomes.

Moving forward, the Health Department and Regional Health Council plan to collaborate on developing strategies aimed at improving the community’s health and well-being by identifying health priorities and engaging the community on these issues. The Epidemiology Department of the Health Department also plans to release additional informative materials on topics covered in A Picture of Our Health while a data dashboard will be created and published in coming years to provide accurate and timely local health information for residents in Hamilton County.

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