Fairfield County Community Health Assessment

This health assessment provides us with a snapshot of Fairfield County, as well as our state and nation. The data presented in this report provides valuable information to develop strategies that focus on wellness, access to care, and unmet community needs. The assessment will provide additional insight in the areas of health and well-being and how they relate to our community structure.

The Fairfield County Health Assessment is being conducted for the third time. It complies with Healthcare Reform requirements and really provides good insight to develop future healthcare programming.

Through collaboration with The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and public health researchers at The University of Toledo, every effort has been made to assure that this report contains valid and reliable data. Various efforts have been made in the past to identify and assess the many varied health care needs of Fairfield County residents.

These have been either focused studies involving one or a few issues, or have been initial efforts that used no standardized format and had no follow-through on the findings and recommendations. This study was developed in collaboration with area agencies and payors who can impact change in the health status of our county.

This study will be different. The partners, the health care leaders of Fairfield County, have made various commitments in order to ensure the success of this effort:
1. The assessment will not “sit on a shelf.” The identified priorities and recommendations will be followed up and acted on.

2. The assessment will not be done in a vacuum. In order to be successful, any and all stakeholders will need to be involved in current and future efforts. Every agency dealing in some aspect of health care in Fairfield County needs to be “at the table” and offering their particular areas of expertise and experience. The concept of “health care” is so broad that it cannot be the sole responsibility of any one agency. There can be no “silos” in these efforts or there will be no success.

3. The assessment will continue to be repeated on a regular basis and data and results will be trended so that yearly results can be compared. This will ensure that benchmarking can occur and improvements (or degradation) in services as noted.

4. The assessment will be flexible. As additional unmet needs are identified, or existing needs are met, the study itself must evolve to remain a meaningful and workable instrument for health planning in Fairfield County.

It is the hope of the Fairfield County Health Partners that this assessment will be a valuable tool to assist in efforts to improve the health and well-being of Fairfield County residents. It is also the hope that this assessment will foster new collaborative opportunities and initiate quality programs to improve the lives of Fairfield County residents.

Click here to view the 2016 Fairfield County Community Health Assessment

2017-2019 Fairfield County Community Health Improvement Plan

In 2010, Live Well Fairfield County (LWFC) began conducting community health assessments (CHA) for the purpose of measuring and addressing health status. The most recent Fairfield County Community Health Assessment was cross-sectional in nature and included a written survey of adults, adolescents, and children within Fairfield County. The questions were modeled after the survey instruments used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their national and state Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) and the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) developed by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. This has allowed Fairfield County to compare the data collected in their CHA to national, state and local health trends.

Fairfield County CHA also fulfills national mandated requirements for the hospitals in our county. H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that in order to maintain tax-exempt status, not-for-profit hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment at least once every three years, and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the needs identified through the assessment.

From the beginning phases of the CHA, community leaders were actively engaged in the planning process and helped define the content, scope, and sequence of the project. Active engagement of community members throughout the planning process is regarded as an important step in completing a valid needs assessment.

The Fairfield County CHA has been utilized as a vital tool for creating the Fairfield County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) defines a CHIP as a long-term, systematic effort to address health problems on the basis of the results of assessment activities and the community health improvement process. This plan is used by health and other governmental education and human service agencies, in collaboration with community partners, to set priorities and coordinate and target resources. A CHIP is critical for developing policies and defining actions to target efforts that promote health. It should define the vision for the health of the community inclusively and should be done in a timely way.

To facilitate the community health improvement process, Live Well Fairfield County invited key community leaders to participate in an organized process of strategic planning to improve the health of residents of the county. The National Association of City County Health Officer’s (NACCHO) strategic planning tool, Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), was used throughout this process.

The MAPP Framework includes six phases which are listed below:
• Organizing for success and partnership development
• Visioning
• Conducting the MAPP assessments
• Identifying strategic issues
• Formulating goals and strategies
• Taking action: planning, implementing, and evaluation

The MAPP process includes four assessments: Community Themes & Strengths, Forces of Change, the Local Public Health System Assessment and the Community Health Status Assessment. These four assessments were used by Live Well Fairfield County to prioritize specific health issues and population groups which are the foundation of this plan.

Click here to view a copy of the 2017-2019 Fairfield County Community Health Improvement Plan