Population Health Services
Health Data, Plans & Reports
Community Health Assessment
A community health assessment is performed in collaboration with community members to learn about the Northern Kentucky community. It:
- Describes the health of the population
- Identifies areas for health improvement
- Identifies contributing factors that impact health outcomes
- Identifies community assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health
- Identifies key health priority issues
The results of the Community Health Assessment are used to provide direction for interventions, policy formation, implementation and evaluation found in the Community Health Improvement Plan.
Community Health Assessment for Northern Kentucky, published in May 2016.
Community Health Improvement Plan
The Community Health Improvement Plan for Northern Kentucky, published in May 2016, utilizes information from the Community Health Assessment and identifies goals, objectives and strategies aimed to collectively address the priority health issues in Northern Kentucky.
Highlights from the Community Health Improvement Plan for July 2019 – December 2019.
Highlights from the Community Health Improvement Plan for January 2019 – June 2019.
Highlights from the Community Health Improvement Plan for August 2018 – December 2018.
Highlights from the Community Health Improvement Plan for January 2018 – July 2018.
Highlights from the Community Health Improvement Plan for July 2017 – December 2017.
For more information about community health planning, contact the Health Department firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-341-4264.
Much of what impacts a person’s health starts where he/she lives, learns, works and plays. Factors that impact health include:
- Transportation availability and accessibility
- Access to healthy foods
- Other social factors
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.”
Basically, health equity is the opportunity for every individual to attain his/her full health potential.
The California Endowment produced a brief video, “A Tale of Two Zip Codes,” that illustrates the concept of health equity and factors that impact opportunities for good health.
Health equity map series
To better understand the health of the Northern Kentucky region, the Health Department examined a variety of factors that can impact health, including income and education.
Data analysis was also done around the three priority health outcomes (obesity, substance use disorders and heart disease) that the Northern Kentucky community identified in the Community Health Assessment for Northern Kentucky 2016 and the Community Health Improvement Plan for Northern Kentucky 2016-2020.
Additional story maps will be added as other data are received and analyzed.
- Income, Education and Life Expectancy
- Health Status, including health care coverage, special equipment, and limited activity due to health issues
- Priority Health Outcome: Obesity, including diabetes and physical activity
- Priority Health Outcome: Substance Use Disorders, including smoking, depression, binge drinking and opioid addiction
- Priority Health Outcome: Heart Disease, including heart attack, angina, stroke, cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods, including farmers’ markets, active transportation, and healthy housing
- Maternal and Infant Health, including infant mortality, breastfeeding, low birth weight, teen births and smoking during pregnancy
How can we improve health equity and make Northern Kentucky healthier?
Much of our health starts where we live, learn, work and play. Because so many factors influence a person’s health, it is important to build a culture of health in Northern Kentucky where the healthy choice is the easy choice for everyone.
No single person or group can tackle this problem alone. It will take residents, businesses, government, education, and organizations representing many interests working together to create and maintain opportunities to live as healthy a life as possible.
Some possible initiatives to improve health might include:
- Increasing access to healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods
- Creating and maintaining safe neighborhoods
- Expanding early education opportunities
- Improving transportation options
- Encouraging more options for livable wage jobs
- Much more
One of the Health Department’s roles as a partner in improving the health of Northern Kentucky is helping to gather and analyze data that impacts health. The following reports are available:
The Toll of Northern Kentucky’s Tobacco Use
Northern Kentucky has some of the highest smoking rates and death rates due to tobacco use in the nation. This story map demonstrates the enormous toll tobacco has on the health and wellness of Northern Kentuckians. Learn more.
Health in Northern Kentucky
This report provides information on health factors in Northern Kentucky. Specific topics include: population and demographics, mortality, birth and infant mortality, infectious and communicable diseases, unhealthy behaviors and risk factors, mental illness and substance use disorders, environmental health, and access to care. Learn more.
Top Causes of Death in Northern Kentucky
What are top causes of death for residents of Northern Kentucky? What causes of death are claiming younger lives? And where? This report is a look into the relationship between cause-specific mortality rates and years of potential life lost (YPLL) in Northern Kentucky. Learn more.
Much of what impacts a person’s health starts where he/she lives, learns, works and plays. To better understand the health of the Northern Kentucky region, the Health Department examined a variety of factors that can impact health, including income and education. Data analysis was also done around the three priority health outcomes (obesity, substance use disorders and heart disease). Learn more (see above).
Substance Use Disorders Data Story Map
Designed to help the community better understand the heroin epidemic, this online tool provides data on a variety of issues, including overdoses, blood-borne diseases and police/fire/EMS response, and provides a link to resources and organizations addressing the issue in an eight-county region of Northern Kentucky. Learn more.