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

Hamilton County Health Department Releases 2024 A Picture of Our Health Community Health Assessment

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

Moving forward, the Health Department and Regional Health Council will collaborate to develop strategies aimed at improving the community’s health and well-being. The Epidemiology Department of the Health Department plans to release additional informative materials on 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.

Dr. Dawn Ford, Epidemiology Department Manager, emphasizes the importance of this 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.

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