Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) are a data driven tool used to determine the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in Boone County, Indiana. This information may be used to impact decisions and guide efforts to improve community health and wellness. A CHNA provides information so communities may identify issues of greatest concern and direct resources to those areas, thereby making the greatest possible impact on community health status.
This 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2012, is a systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the service area of Witham Health Services. Subsequently, this information may be used to inform decisions and guide efforts to improve community health and wellness.
This Community Health Needs Assessment will serve as a tool toward reaching three basic goals:
- To improve residents’ health status, increase their life spans, and elevate their overall quality of life. A healthy community is not only one where its residents suffer little from physical and mental illness, but also one where its residents enjoy a high quality of life.
- To reduce the health disparities among residents. By gathering demographic information along with health status and behavior data, it will be possible to identify population segments that are most at-risk for various diseases and injuries. Intervention plans aimed at targeting these individuals may then be developed to combat some of the socio-economic factors which have historically had a negative impact on residents’ health.
- To increase accessibility to preventive services for all community residents. More accessible preventive services will prove beneficial in accomplishing the first goal (improving health status, increasing life spans, and elevating the quality of life), as well as lowering the costs associated with caring for late-stage diseases resulting from a lack of preventive care.
Download the CHNA reports.
2015 PRC CHNA Report - Boone County - Download Now
2012 PRC CHNA Report - Boone County - Download Now