McHenry County Department of Health - Health Administration

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HEALTHY COMMUNITY STUDY

HCS Logo - Working together for a healthier McHenry CountyThe “health” of a community extends far beyond the traditional view focused on select health measures and availability of medical resources.  Rather, a healthy community encompasses a broad range of community characteristics that define the ingredients of a healthy place to live.  With this vision in mind, every four years a McHenry County Healthy Community Study is conducted with the intent to understand and address the county’s most pressing needs, involving partners from diverse organizations, in order to improve the health of County residents. 

A thorough understanding of the County’s health was measured using three or more assessments – each from a different perspective including residents, populations in need of services, community leaders, and descriptors using secondary data sources.  Through the assessments, knowledge was gained about the current health status of county residents, demographic trends, social and economic indicators, health behaviors, and utilization of health services.  The assessments also attempted to understand the perceptions of community strengths and weaknesses as well as answer questions about the health and human services delivery system, unmet needs, gaps, and barriers to care.

 

2017 Healthy Community Study Presentation

  • Community Analysis Presentation [PDF]
  • Focus Group Presentation [PDF]
  • Survey Presentation [PDF]
  • Priorities [PDF]
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    2017 Healthy Community Study    

  • Healthy Community Summary [PDF] 
  • Community Analysis [PDF]  
  • Household Survey [PDF]  
  • Focus Groups [PDF] 
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    2014 Healthy Community Study

    2010 Healthy Community Study
    2006 Healthy Community Study

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    ILLINOIS PROJECT FOR LOCAL ASSESSMENT OF NEEDS (IPLAN)  

    _iplanlogo10 The Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) is a community health assessment and planning process that is conducted every five years by local health jurisdictions in Illinois.  Based on the needs assessment (Healthy Community Study), IPLAN is ground in the core functions of public health and addresses public health practice standards. Completion of IPLAN fulfills one of the requirements for Local Health Department certification under the Illinois Administrative Code Section 600.400.

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    2013 MCHENRY COUNTY CHILDREN'S ORAL HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT  

    Good oral health is essential to good overall health.  That realization coupled with the acknowledgement of wide disparities in dental disease prevalence was the impetus for the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) to launch efforts to expand oral health access among the state's children especially the most vulnerable ones.  The McHenry County Children's Oral Health Initiative under the direction of the McHenry County Department of Health was awarded an ILCHF community oral health planning grant in 2012 and commissioned Health System Research, an applied social science research  unit of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, to conduct three studies to assess oral health needs among the county's children.

     

     



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