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Community Health Assessment

The purpose of this community health assessment (CHA) report is to summarize important health issues that emerged from analyzing various data sources, including the voice of Douglas County residents, related to the following questions:
  • What are the health problems in a community?
  • Why do health issues exist in a community?
  • What factors create or determine health problems?
  • What resources are available to address the health problems?
  • What are the health needs of the community from a population-based perspective?
View the Community Health Assessment Plan


Virtual Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP) Community Meetings

Community meetings on prioritized health topics were held in Oct. and Dec. 2021.  2021.  Data from the online survey and related meetings is available below:

Community Health Survey

Community Health Survey
The first step toward creating a CHA was a Community Health Survey, which gathered input from community members to help identify and understand opinions about health issues and the quality of life in Douglas County. The survey closed on Sept. 7, 2021. View a summary of findings in the Community Health Assessment Update.

Community Health Assessment Process

The information collected during phase one – the Community Health Survey – has been compiled by HMA who is now conducting meetings across the County, virtually and in-person, to share the results from your community and the entire county, and gather additional input about your health priorities. The meetings were held in December 2021.

These meetings are the second phase of gathering community input. What HMA learns through the survey and the community meetings will be used to create the CHA and presented to the County. The priorities identified by you will be used in the final phase, creating the Douglas County Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP). The health improvement plan will aid the county in program planning and budgeting resources over the next few years.

Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP)

The PHIP will address needs identified in the CHA.  The County is in the process of securing several other consultants to support the work of the Public Health Working Group and dovetail with the findings of the CHA and the development of the PHIP.