Community Health Planning and Statistics
January 6, 2016
THE STATE OF HEALTH IN CITRUS COUNTY:
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE
Nancy Witty, Government Operations Consultant
(352) 527-0068, Option 1, Ext 299
Citrus County, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Citrus (DOH – Citrus) is delighted to announce its release of the 2015 Citrus County Community Health Assessment and Technical Appendix. Approximately 1,100 Citrus County citizens participated in this project designed to provide an in-depth look at our community’s health. Developed in partnership with WellFlorida Council and Citrus Community Health Advisory Partnership, this assessment was built using multiple sources of community based data, community surveys, and comments collected at community focus groups.
The purpose of the Community Health Assessment is to provide a starting point for community health improvement planning in the coming months. Key areas identified for improvement include:
- Healthiest Weight – 62.6% of adults are overweight or obese. The percentage of adults who are obese in Citrus County has increased from 2010-2013 and continues to be a major health challenge.
- Access to Health Care – Access for many residents remains an issue due to multiple factors, including poverty and availability of physicians
- Availability of Healthy Foods – Costs associated with the purchase of healthy food remains a barrier to obtaining a healthier lifestyle for many low income families.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse – Similar to access to care issues, mental health and substance abuse has often been identified as a major concern for Citrus County residents. The use of Emergency Services for mental health and substance abuse reasons has seen a dramatic increase, with few solutions for long-term care.
DOH-Citrus would like to thank those community members who participated in the assessment process. In addition, DOH-Citrus and the Citrus Community Health Advisory Partnership would like to extend an invitation to all interested community members, community organizations, and local officials to join in the effort to identify actions and strategies to improve the health of Citrus County residents. If you would like to be involved in planning a healthier Citrus County please contact Nancy Witty, (352) 527-0068 Ext 299 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Please select the links below for the results of the assessment.
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