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