In Hamilton County, a snapshot of the 2024 Community Health Assessment has been released by the health department. This report, published every 4-5 years, provides an in-depth look at the health status of residents in the area. The focus is on eight key factors that affect overall health, including access to healthcare, environmental health, chronic disease, infectious disease, mental health, injury, substance abuse and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Dawn Ford, manager of the epidemiology department, highlights the importance of this 175-page assessment in reducing disease prevalence in the community. She hopes that community members will make positive changes in their behavior such as exercising more, eating better and quitting smoking.

The Department of Health and Regional Health Council will collaborate to develop strategies aimed at improving the health and well-being of the community. They will also identify top priorities for addressing these issues and engage with community members to ensure effective implementation. In addition to this report from Dr. Ford’s department, there are plans to publish informative materials on each topic covered in “Picture Our Health.” A data dashboard will also be created and made public in the near future to provide accurate and timely local health information.

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