In Hamilton County, the Health Department has released its 2024 Community Health Assessment. This report, published every 4-5 years, focuses on eight key factors that affect the health of residents in the area. These factors include access to healthcare and health care, environmental health, chronic disease, infectious disease, mental health, injury, substance abuse and vulnerable populations.

The report provides a detailed description of the health status of Hamilton County residents. Going forward, the Department of Health and the Regional Health Council will work together to develop strategies aimed at improving community health and well-being. They will identify health priorities and engage the community on these issues. The Division of Epidemiology at the Department of Health plans to publish additional informational materials on the topics covered in 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 to the community.

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

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