Community Health Planning and Statistics
The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County continually monitors the health of our community by measuring and evaluating a variety of data point. Available community health data is frequently compiled in various topic-related reports. This data is used to guide program and service outreach efforts in our community.
The Citrus Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) is currently meeting to develop a plan to address the four priority areas identified in the Community Health Assessment (attached below).
CHIP priority areas 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.
A subcommittee has been formed around each of these priorities with subcommittee meetings being scheduled for September and October. Anyone is welcome to join the partnership and/or subcommitteess. Please see our events page for meeting details and please contact our CHIP coordinator, Nancy Witty, at (352) 527-0068 option 1, ext 299.
Florida Healthy Babies Initiative
The Florida Healthy Babies Initiative is a state-wide effort to address high rates of infant mortality at the county-level. All are welcome to participate in this community effort to review the available maternal and infant health data, identify priorities for action, and develop a workplan for targeted interventions. Please see the Florida Healthy Babies Initiative page under Wellness Programs for more information.
Tobacco Free Partnership of Citrus County
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Citrus County is facilitated through our Tobacco Prevention Program and consists of community partners who are committed to helping Citrus County live longer, healthier lives safe from tobacco and secondhand smoke. Tobacco takes a huge toll on all our communities, and we need your support to make a difference. We are working with community organizations and leaders committed to educating others about tobacco use, helping protect kids from tobacco, and strengthening local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke.
National, State, and County Data Systems
Citrus County Health Reports
2016-Citrus County Maternal and Infant Health Report