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Hamilton County Health Department Releases 2024 Health Assessment in Local News

In a significant development, the Hamilton County Health Department has released its 2024 A Picture of Our Health Community Health Assessment. The report, published every 4-5 years, focuses on eight key factors that impact the overall health of residents in Hamilton County. These factors include access to health care and health care coverage, environmental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, mental health, injuries, substance abuse, and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Dawn Ford, the Epidemiology Department Manager at the Health Department, emphasizes the importance of the 175-page assessment in identifying ways to reduce the prevalence of diseases in the community. Dr. Ford hopes that community members will make positive changes in their behaviors such as exercising more, eating healthier, and quitting smoking.

Moving forward, the Health Department and the Regional Health Council will collaborate to develop strategies aimed at improving the community’s health and well-being. They will also identify health priorities and engage the community in addressing these issues. The Health Department’s Epidemiology Department plans to release more informational materials on the topics covered in A Picture of Our Health. Additionally, a data dashboard will be created and published in the coming years to provide the community with accurate and timely local health information.

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