• By Rebecca Thompson
  • Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Community Health Assessment – Reporting Back to the Community

Join the Forsyth County Department of Public Health for the unveiling of the new community health assessment report and action plans for 2011-2014. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 in the conference center at Forsyth Medical Center from 8:00-11:00am. Seating is limited… to reserve your space, call 703-3115.

What is the community health assessment?

Community assessment is the foundation for improving and promoting the health of community members. The role of a community assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population, and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address these factors. Through collaborative efforts forged among community leaders, public health agencies, businesses, schools, recreation centers, and hospitals, the community can begin to answer key questions such as: “What are the strengths in our community?”, “What health concerns do community members have?”, and “What resources are available and what do we need in the community to address these concerns?”.

As a result of the 2011 Community Health Assessment, the current priority focus areas are:

  • Physical Activity and Nutrition with emphasis on Healthy Families
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition with emphasis on Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition with emphasis on Nutrition
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition with emphasis on Physical Activity
  • Chronic Disease with emphasis on Chronic Disease Management
  • Maternal and Infant Health with emphasis on Breastfeeding
  • Social Determinants of Health with emphasis on Translating Social Determinants Messages for Lay Audiences

For detailed information about the action plans for these priority areas click here.

To view the full Community Health Assessment document click here.

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