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Community Health Improvement Planning
Okaloosa County

Public health is about many things – health behaviors, primary and preventive care, access to services, deaths and births, populations at particular risk, life expectancy reports of health, and environmental health. Public health is what we, as a community, do to ensure that conditions exist that promote health. It is not only about the absence of illness, but about the presence of conditions that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being for everyone in the community to the greatest extent possible within available resources.

Community health needs assessment has a central part to play by enabling community partners and policy-makers to identify the most pressing health care needs in our community, to ensure that health care resources are used to maximize health improvement and to encourage dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve our community’s health.

Communities must collectively take action to ensure that citizens remain healthy. One organization or entity alone cannot do this task. These assessments were designed not only for public health professionals but also for members of the community who are interested in improving the health of our community.

These four assessments are for our community partners so that we can mobilize together to identify strategic health priorities, establish goals, and develop action plans for a "healthier Okaloosa."

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Community Health Status Assessment

This assessment answers the questions, how healthy are our residents, and what does the health status of our community look like.

The Health of Okaloosa County:  A Status Report 2011
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•  Executive Summary & Introduction
•  Population Characteristics
•  Socio-Economic Characteristics
•  Quality of Life and Health Behaviors
•  Health Care Resources
•  Overall Health Status
•  Risky Youth Behaviors
•  Death Indicators
•  Cancer Deaths
•  Heart Diseases
•  Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
•  Stroke
•  Unintentional Injuries
•  Non-Fatal Unintentional Injuries Requiring an Emergency Room Visit
•  Communicable Diseases
•  Maternal and Child Health
•  Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
•  Environmental Health
•  Conclusion



Local Public Health System Assessment
This assessment answers the question, what are the components, activities, competencies, and capacities of our local public health system.

Performance Assessment 2011
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•  Explanation of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) Report of Results
•  Performance Assessment Instrument Results
•  Priority Rating Results & Agency Contribution Results
•  Appendix:  Resources for Next Steps



Forces of Change Assessment 
FORCES OF CHANGE ASSESSMENT  |  This assessment answers the following questions, what is occurring or might occur that affects the health of our community, and what specific threats or opportunities are generated by these occurrences.

Forces of Change 2011



Themes and Strengths Assessment

COMMUNITY THEMES AND STRENGTHS ASSESSMENT  |  This assessment answers the questions, what is important to our community, and what are important issues that must be addressed to improve the health and quality of life in our community.

Community Themes and Strengths Assessment:  What Makes A Healthy Okaloosa 2011-2012
The Economic Impact of High Risk Health Behaviors in Okaloosa County 6/2011 - This report looks at the impact of high risk health behaviors on the Okaloosa County economy. In summary, the report found that current levels of lost productivity in the Okaloosa County workforce due to the effects of high risk health behaviors equates in economic impact terms to the loss in the Okaloosa County economy of 470 jobs and nearly $170 million in GDP.




  This page was updated on 26-Nov-12

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