COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Fairfield County Health Department conducts a community health assessment every three years with local community partners. The purpose of the community health assessment is to learn about the community: the health of the population, contributing factors to higher health risks or poor health outcomes of identified populations, and community resources available to improve the health status of our county. A community health assessment describes the health of the population, identifies areas of health improvement, identifies contributing factors that impact health outcomes, and identifies community assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health.
A community health assessment is a collaborative process of collecting and analyzing data and information for use in educating and mobilizing the community, developing priorities, garnering resources or using resources in different ways, adopting or revising policies, and planning actions to improve the health of the Fairfield County’s population. The development of a community health assessment involves the systematic collection and analysis of data and information to provide sound basis for decision-making and action. The data and information included in this process includes demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, quality of life, community resources, behavior factors, the environment, morbidity and mortality, and other social, and community determinants of health status. The community health assessment is the basis used for the development of a community health improvement plan.
To view the most recent copy of the Fairfield County Community Health Assessment: