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Marion Community Health Assessment complete, available online

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

July 25, 2019

 

OCALA, Fla.—Local officials now have the latest data needed to help direct health planning policy for the next several years. The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has published the 2019 Community Health Assessment for Marion County; interested individuals can review the document online by visiting marion.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/community-health-planning-and-statistics.

“It’s vital that we have a wide-range of partners to collaborate on the assessment, so we understand the full scope of local challenges,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “We thank each of our partners for their contributions in completing this assessment. The end result will ultimately be more successful programs locally that will have a greater impact on our residents.”

The department and community leaders worked with Well Florida Council to compile data and materials to complete the assessment. Now that the assessment is complete, local leaders are working on Marion’s Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP. Using the assessment when creating the CHIP allows for informed community decision making and prioritizing of health challenges to ensure health issues are addressed strategically.

Marion’s assessment was based on the nationally recognized “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships” process. Through this process, local health and community leaders completed three assessments to identify common themes to uncover key community needs. First, a facilitated discussion was used to identify events, trends and local factors that have the potential to impact health and quality of life. Second, focus groups and community surveys helped collect further information for analysis. Third, participants looked at secondary data highlights and trends for Marion County as compared to the state of Florida.