Hamilton County Health Department Releases 2024 Health Assessment in Local News

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

Dr. Dawn Ford, the Epidemiology Department Manager at the Health Department, emphasizes the importance of this 175-page assessment in identifying ways to reduce disease prevalence in the community. She hopes that community members will make positive changes in their behaviors such as exercising more, eating healthier, and quitting smoking. Moving forward, the Health Department and Regional Health Council will collaborate to develop strategies aimed at improving the community’s health and well-being. They will also engage with community members to identify health priorities and address these issues together.

Additionally, the Epidemiology Department plans to release more informational materials on the topics covered in A Picture of Our Health. In the coming years, a data dashboard will be created and published to provide accurate and timely local health information to residents in Hamilton County.

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