New Health Issues Identified in Will County

New Health Issues Identified in Will County

Will County Community Health Needs Assessment 2017

Author: MAPP Project Staff/Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Categories: Overview of MAPP, MAPP Assessments and Reports

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Over the past year and a half, more than 75 organizations have helped the Will County MAPP Collaborative conduct the MAPP Process to identify health concerns in our community and develop the Will County Community Health Needs Assessment.

Throughout the multi-phase process, we have completed four assessments, which has helped us to choose three health issues to focus on:

  • Access to Dental and Primary Care

  • Behavioral Health

  • Chronic Disease

Our Collaborative conducts this process every three years. We are not surprised to find similar issues that we are currently working on expressed this time around. Some of our latest top priority concerns include:

  • Dental care

  • Diabetes

  • Food insecurity

  • Health literacy

  • Transportation

Throughout the Community Health Needs Assessment, you will see the data that guided partners to identify health issues in our county. However, we know our data is limited. With each new MAPP Process cycle, our goal is to collect better data to define and prioritize issues, identify populations most affected, and monitor progress.

The good news is, we have seen health improvements since our last Community Health Needs Assessment and Plan.

More Will County residents are insured than ever in the past eight years.

In 2014, 9% of residents were not insured compared to 13% in 2006. This means that approximately 56,000 residents, under the age of 65, still do not have health insurance.

Less Medicare enrollees are being admitted to the hospital for preventable hospital events*.  

In 2006, Will County’s rate was 100 per 1,000 Medicare enrollees and has since decreased to a rate of 64 per 1,000 in 2014. Even with the significant decrease, Will County’s rate is still higher the state (56) and nation (50).

*Preventable Hospital Stays is the hospital discharge rate for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 fee-for-service Medicare enrollees. Ambulatory care-sensitive conditions include: convulsions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bacterial pneumonia, asthma, congestive heart failure, hypertension, angina, cellulitis, diabetes, gastroenteritis, kidney/urinary infection, and dehydration. This measure is age-adjusted.

Less Will County adults report being obese.

The percent of obese Will County adults has declined since 2010 (33%) and has remained stable since 2012 at 28%, affecting close to 140,000 people. An additional 170,845 adults report being overweight, which means more than half of Will County adults (62%) are not at a healthy weight. However, along with the decrease in obesity, we have also seen an increase in adult physical activity and a decrease in the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes.

Over the next few months, MAPP Collaborative partners will meet to discuss how to narrow the focus of each health priority by looking at data and analyzing the root cause. Partners will be asked to identify existing assets and resources and barriers to implementation. These meetings will lead the development of a Community Health Implementation Plan, which will detail selected strategies, goals, and objectives that will guide the work of the Will County MAPP Collaborative for the next three years.

This document can be used to guide activities from all organizations in our local public health system. The document is available to download by clicking on the link below.  

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