When you think of health, what do you think of? Staying active? Going to the doctor? Eating healthy? What many don’t realize is that is only a part of what makes you healthy. Your health is also determined by things like your education level, income, where you live, your job, and resources available in our communities. Health really starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and communities. On Jan. 30, Henry County Health Partners is releasing the community health assessment (CHA), which provides the entire picture of health for the county. Join us as we review the information and set a course for the next three years to make a healthier Henry County.

This CHA presents a picture of Henry County based on data. It looks at the state of health in the county as a whole. Henry County Health Partners, a group of organizations and residents who work together to improve the health of the community, have been completing these assessments since 1999. These assessments help us identify priority areas to improve the health for all residents in the county for the next three years. This year the health assessment will be bigger and broader than ever and create a better picture of health for our county than ever before. It will include more information about all aspects of health.

We know that taking care of ourselves, eating well and staying active, seeing a doctor, getting the recommended immunizations and screenings, and not smoking influences our health. While these are important aspects of your health, clinical care, our genes, and behaviors only make up half of health outcomes. Health is also determined by our access to social and economic opportunities, resources and supports available in our homes and communities, cleanliness of our water, quality of our schooling, safety of our workplaces, and the nature of our social interactions. These types of areas are known as the social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks according to Healthy People 2020.

The upcoming assessment release Jan. 30 will present data about the county’s health behaviors, economic stability, education, social and community context, health and healthcare, neighborhood and built environment. It’s so important for businesses, government, community organizations, social groups and residents attend and hear this information and give their perspectives on the issues. After the presentation, all attendees will vote on the top three priorities to be worked on over the next three years in Henry County. Together we can move the needle of health in our communities and create a healthier Henry County.

All are welcome to attend the release event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 30 at the health department. We’d love to see you there and feel free to pass this invitation along to others in our community who are ready to make a difference. You can RSVP by going to www.henrycohd.org.


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