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2011 Lake County health assessment

2011 Lake County health assessment

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Published by The News-Herald
This is designed to gather important health-related information from residents to enable community agencies to improve services.
This is designed to gather important health-related information from residents to enable community agencies to improve services.

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Published by: The News-Herald on Jun 11, 2012
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The 2011 Lake County CommunityHealth Assessment
Developed by the Lake County General Health District and made possible in part with funding from Lake Health.
33 Mill St. Painesville, Ohio 44077
(440) 350-2543
(440) 918-2543
(440) 428-4348 Ext. 2543
Frank Kellogg, R.S., M.P.H., Health Commissioner 
September 2011
The Lake County General Health District continually seeks to provide efficient, cost-effective, and evidence basedservices to the residents and communities within Lake County. The declining economic environment over the lastseveral years has led to an increased number of residents unable to access health services and a decrease in manycommunity based agency resources necessary to meet these needs.The purpose of th
e Lake County General Health District’s 2011 Community Health Assessment is three fold; (1) It
allows the Health District to meet the current needs of the community, based on actual data, by providing servicesrelevant to our residents, (2) It allows prevention programs to be better tailored to specific populations (i.e., peopleages 35-45 versus people ages 65 and older), and (3) It allows us to utilize the data in preparing for federal and stategrants to support critical services in Lake County. Furthermore, there is an inherent benefit to conducting onecommunity health assessment, developed by multiple stakeholders, so that questions and results may be shared withcountless community based agencies and political leaders to help each of them make informed decisions.Community health assessments are invaluable tools at both the state and local levels. Conducting healthassessments is a core function of public health and is included in the newly developed national accreditationstandards (Public Health Accreditation Board or PHAB standards). The systematic collection and analysis of healthand health-related data
provides a basis for decision-making; the partnerships
that are built and strengthened byimplementing a collaborative health assessment process enhance the community, providing multiple perspectives onhealth status, health needs, community assets, resources, and other determinants of health status.The 2011 Community Health Assessment was conducted randomly both on-line and in hard copy to Lake Countyresidents. The large sample size was purposely collected in order to maximize the depth of analysis allowing theHealth District to analyze many responses based on age, race, gender, economic income, and residency. Thenumber of potential variables is virtually limitless and would be extremely difficult to present in a functional manner.Therefore, the following areas were determined to be the critical data sets as identified by the Community Health Assessment Advisory Committee and are identified in the introduction to each section. The Health District highlyencourages both private and public sectors to utilize the following information to help improve, create, and prioritizetheir programming in order to promote and provide services that will improve the health of our Lake County residentsand reduce healthcare costs in the long term.The Lake County General Health District would like to extend its gratitude to all of the community agencies andprofessionals who donated their time and resources to make this assessment a success, as well as, the residents of Lake County who took the time to complete the survey and helped to be part of our efforts to improve services withinLake County.Questions, comments, and requests for additional copies of the 2011 Community Health Assessment may bedirected to the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543 or by visiting www.lcghd.org . Sincerely,Frank Kellogg, R.S., M.P.H.Health Commissioner 
Lake CountyGeneral Health District 

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