CHIP updates as revealed by CHA
Lorain County, Ohio, May 23, 2019: Lorain County revealed its
Community Health Assessment (CHA) results and provided
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) updates
on Thursday, May 23 at Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain
County Community College.
About 104 people attended, representing about 40 different
organizations that are invested in the health of Lorain County.
“The CHA is a report based off of health and wellness
surveys that Lorain County residents anonymously took in 2018,”
explains Lorain County Public Health Commissioner David
Covell, RS, MPH. “The Lorain County Health Partners and
other community organizations use this data to plan programs,
start initiatives and apply for grants.”
CHIP Priority Teams presented a summary of their activities over
the past five years, which were targeted to address issues
identified by previous CHAs from 2015 and 2011. Highlights from
their presentations include:
Priority 1: Improve Access to Care – 15% of adults have
no primary care physician (compared to 18% in 2015).
Priority 2: Expand Coordinated Education and Prevention
Services – Lorain County had 6.0 infant deaths per 1,000
live births in 2018 (compared to 5.9 in 2015).
Priority 3: Improve Weight and Obesity – 70% of adults
are overweight or obese (compared to 69% in 2015). Also, 54% of
adults get at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least
three days per week (compared to 53% in 2015).
Priority 4: Reduce Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use and Abuse
Among Adults and Children – 12% of adults are current
smokers (compared to 22% in 2015).
Priority 5: Improve Mental Health of Seniors, Adults, and
Children – 4% of adults report considering suicide (compared
with 3% in 2015). 17% report obstacles that interfere with
getting mental health services (compared to 15% in 2015).
View the full 2019 Lorain County Community Health Assessment
Report at LorainCountyHealth.com/CHA.
Lorain County Health Partners include:
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County
Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital
Lorain County Board of Mental Health
Lorain County Health & Dentistry
Lorain County Metro Parks
Lorain County Office on Aging
Lorain County Public Health
Mercy Health Allen Hospital
Mercy Health Lorain Hospital
Specialty Hospital of Lorain
United Way of Greater Lorain County
University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center
For more information on how to live healthy, contact Lorain
County Public Health at 440-322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com.
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