The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today released Lancaster County's Community Health Profile (CHP) and its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHP is revised every three to five years. The CHIP is an ongoing five-year plan, which is updated every two to three years. The reports are available at health.lincoln.ne.gov.
The CHP provides a comprehensive assessment of the community's health status and factors that influence health. Health Director Judy Halstead said the profile shows that the vast majority of Lancaster County's health measures are better than or comparable to health outcomes for the state, nation and other U.S. counties. These measures include lower rates of chronic disease, infant mortality, teen smoking and teen births; higher rates of first trimester prenatal care, cancer screening and physical activity; and better measures of environmental quality.
"While we are doing well in most areas, there are some measures that are worse than the state and nation," Halstead said. "These areas of concern include the local rates of binge drinking, adult smoking, sexually transmitted infections and suicides by youths and young adults."
The Lancaster County CHIP addresses the priority health issues determined by the community health assessment process. The four priority issues are chronic disease prevention, access to care, injury prevention and behavioral health.
"We encourage the public to consider how they can contribute to accomplishing the goals in the plan," said Steve Frederick, Manager of the Health Data and Evaluation Division.
The public is encouraged to comment on the CHP and CHIP using the survey links on the second page of each document. Comments may also be submitted to Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-441-6271.
The work to gather and analyze the data and complete the two reports was led by LLCHD with participation from hospitals, health providers and other community agencies and members of the public.