Hamilton County Health Department Releases 2024 Health Assessment in Local News

The 2024 Community Health Assessment for Hamilton County has been released by the Health Department. This report, published every 4-5 years, provides a detailed description of the health status of residents in Hamilton County. It focuses on eight key factors that impact overall health, including access to healthcare and coverage, environmental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, mental health, injuries, substance abuse, and vulnerable populations.

Moving forward, the Health Department and the Regional Health Council will collaborate to develop strategies aimed at improving the community’s health and well-being. They will also identify health priorities and engage the community in addressing these issues. Dr. Dawn Ford, Manager of the Epidemiology Department at the Health Department emphasizes the importance of this 175-page assessment in identifying ways to reduce disease prevalence in the community. She hopes that community members will make positive changes in their behaviors such as exercising more, eating healthier and quitting smoking. Additionally, a data dashboard will be created and published in the coming years to provide accurate and timely local health information.

By Aiden Johnson

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