2022 Marion County Community Health Assessment
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) provides an overview of health-related data for Marion County adults (ages 19 and older) who participated in a county-wide health assessment survey from March 2022 through May 2022. The findings are based on self-administered surveys using a structured questionnaire. The questions were modeled after the survey instruments used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their national and state Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio (HCNO) collected the data, guided the health assessment process, and integrated sources of primary and secondary data into the final report.
This comprehensive Community Health Assessment is the result of a strong commitment by dedicated community partners. This health assessment gives us the opportunity to glance into our community, state and nation to compare and analyze our strengths and weaknesses in order to take action to improve the health and well-being of residents of Marion County. The data presented in this report will provide valuable information to develop strategies that focus on wellness, access to care, and unmet community needs. It will provide additional insight into our community structure in the areas of health and well-being.
Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Requirements
National Public Health Accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) requires Community Health Assessments (CHAs) to be completed at least every five years. The purpose of the community health assessment is to learn about the community: the health of the population, identify areas for health improvement, identify contributing factors that impact health outcomes, and identify community assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health. Marion Public Health received initial accreditation in August of 2018.
PHAB standards highly recommend that national models of methodology are utilized in compiling CHAs. The 2022 CHA was completed using the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Mobilizing Action through Partnerships and Planning (MAPP) process. MAPP is a community-driven planning process for improving community health. This process was facilitated by HCNO in collaboration with various local agencies representing a variety of sectors.