Data & Reports

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

The overall objective of the CHNA is to obtain information and feedback from Ottawa County residents, 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.

Healthy Ottawa Plan

As a result of the CHNA, an Ottawa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was initiated by the partners of the CHNA and community members. Input from individuals, who represent the interests of the community (e.g., health and human service representatives, health care professionals and community members), worked together to develop a plan to address the top three health issues in Ottawa County. The CHNA research indicates the most prevalent health issues are access to health care, mental health and healthy behaviors. Creating a plan to improve people’s health can only be done with community members engaging to help carry out the objectives to form a healthier county.

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS)

The Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) provides a snapshot of general health, preventative behaviors, and health risk behaviors among adults. The information gathered in this study is used by the Department of Public Health and community partners to evaluate effectiveness of programs and to assess the needs of the community.

Migrant Farmworker Health Survey

VIP Research and Evaluation was contracted by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health to conduct a health survey with the adult migrant farmworker subpopulation in Ottawa County.

The overall objective of the research was to obtain information from Ottawa County migrant farmworkers about a wide range of issues and behaviors that affect their health.

Migrant Health Taskforce Strategic Plan

During the first year of a 3-year grant awarded to the Ottawa County Department of Public Health from the Office of Minority Health, the taskforce reviewed existing data about the migrant farmworker population and contracted with Dr. Martin Hill, PhD, of VIP Research and Evaluation, to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment.

Maternal & Child Health Needs Assessment

The goal of this study is to understand the maternal and child health needs and priorities within Ottawa County. It identifies disparities by race/ethnicity, gender, income, geography or other classifications; outcomes worse than the state; and negative trends.