Hamilton County Health Department Releases 2024 Health Assessment in Local News

Exploring the Health Status of Hamilton County: A Comprehensive Community Assessment for 2024

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

Dr. Dawn Ford, manager of the Epidemiology Department at the Health Department, emphasizes the importance of this 175-page assessment in identifying ways to reduce disease prevalence in the community. She encourages community members to make positive changes in their behavior such as exercising more often, eating healthier foods, and quitting smoking.

Moving forward, the Health Department and Regional Health Council will collaborate to develop strategies aimed at improving community health and well-being. They will also identify health priorities and engage the community in addressing these issues. The Epidemiology Department plans to release more informational materials on the topics covered in A Picture of Our Health. Additionally, a data dashboard will be created and published in the coming years to provide accurate and timely local health information for residents.

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