Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

What is a CHNA?

The overall objective of the CHNA is to obtain information and feedback from Ottawa County community members, health care professionals, and key community leaders in various industries and capacities about a wide range of health and health care topics to gauge the overall health climate of Ottawa County.

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2023 CHNA Highlights

As part of the 2023 CHNA, over 1,000 Ottawa County adult residents participated in the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey and 300 vulnerable and underserved residents participated in the Underserved Resident Survey. Further, 9 Key Stakeholders (Hospital Directors, Clinic Executive Directors, etc.) were interviewed, and 191 Key Informants (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, etc.) participated in an online survey.

Perception of General Health

Although over half of Ottawa County adults reported very good or excellent health, 14.8% reported fair or poor health. This proportion rises to 32.5% for underserved adults.

Non-Opioid Related Overdose Deaths and Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths (2010-2023)

Among underserved or vulnerable area residents, four in ten (42.6%) say that substance abuse or addiction has had a negative impact on their lives or on the lives of someone they know.

Top Priorities for 2023

Several key findings were identified through the 2023 CHNA process which are outlined in the 2023 CHNA report. The data and information in the report, as well as the identified key findings, will be used to develop the Community Health Plan through the summer of 2024.

Community members and community groups will meet to discuss the 2023 CHNA report and identify top community health priorities for the coming years. Upon completion of a community health plan, this page will be updated with the priority areas and data illustrating the issues identified.