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Bay County Community Health Needs Assessment

Bay County Community Health Improvement Plan

A community relies on the health and vitality of its members to thrive.  Creating and maintaining a healthy community is a team effort that requires a vast amount of effort, time and dedication by community leaders, organizations, and concerned citizens. The Bay County Community Health Task Force (CHTF) is a dedicated group of people from a variety of agencies, organizations, businesses, as well as concerned citizens who want to make a difference in the health of Bay County’s citizens.  It is the mission of the CHTF to conduct periodic comprehensive evaluations of the health of the citizens of Bay County so that strategies may be developed to address issues and improve community health.  The 2015 Bay County Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan are the results of a systematic process in which data was collected regarding the community health issues that are of most concern to Bay County residents.  The Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) strategic planning framework for improving public health was used to guide the process in Bay County.  

Three key issues were identified in the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan:
 
Chronic Diseases including Diabetes
Healthy Weight/Healthy Lifestyle
Mental Health/Substance Abuse
 
Action Teams were developed for each key issue and have been hard at work addressing these issues. 

2012 Community Health Improvement Plan

2013 Year 1 CHIP Review 

2014 Year 2 CHIP Review

COMMUNITY HEALTH CONTACT INFORMATION: The CHTF meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3-4pm at the Bay County Library.  For more information on how you can be involved in improving the health of Bay County, contact Heather Kretzer at 850-252-9670.

Florida Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set (Florida CHARTS) - Florida CHARTS is your one-stop-site for Florida public health statistics and community health data.  Site includes health statistics such as births, deaths, disease morbidity, population, and behavioral risk factors.  Some statistics are available by county or zip code. 

County Health Profile - The County Health Profile answers the questions, “How healthy are our residents?” and “What does the health status of our community look like?” 

County Health Status Summary - This report provides county trends for individual indicators, Healthy People 2020 goals, and county quartiles.

Major Causes of Death - This report lists the major causes of death in Bay County. 

County Chronic Disease Profile - Displays chronic disease indicators such as diabetes age-adjusted death and hospitalization rates. 

County Health Rankings - The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health.  The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care to the environment.