Community Health Needs Assessment

At Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, we believe to make a healthier county, it starts with healthier you!

That’s why in 2012 the hospital joined a coalition of community providers and agencies that, with the assistance of a federal grant, commissioned and funded a comprehensive study of the health status of Litchfield County residents. We determined that it had been years since a study of this kind had been done in our area, and it would be beneficial to the missions and work of all coalition members to partner on the project. This has become a win-win for all involved – especially to the community at large.

Released in late 2012 and updated in 2015, and now in 2018, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) describes the health of Litchfield County communities by presenting relevant information on socioeconomic and demographic factors affecting health, personal health-related lifestyle practices, health status indicators, community health resources, and studies of current local health issues. The CHNA identifies population groups that may be at increased risk for poor health outcomes, assesses the larger community environment and how it impacts health, and identifies areas where additional or better information is needed.

Among the many findings, the leading health issues in Litchfield County, as in the state and the nation, result from many underlying factors which can be controlled or modified. Harmful lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, overeating, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and substance abuse have major impacts on individual health. Economic and language/cultural factors present barriers to access and utilization of medical care and preventive health services. And, income, employment status, educational attainment, housing, and other social factors impact health or limit access to care.

Uncontrollable factors, including inherited health conditions or increased susceptibility to disease, also significantly influence health. Poverty underlies many of the social factors that contribute to poor health. Differences for many health indicators are also apparent by gender, race/ethnicity, age, and geographic area of residence.

Recent trends in health indicators for county residents show improvement in overall mortality rates for many leading causes of death. There are indications of improvement in personal health habits such as smoking and activity rates and accessing screening services for early detection of certain diseases. However, disparities in health care access and health status in certain populations persist.

Expanded joint planning and coordination of programs and services among community partners can reduce health disparities and improve the health of all county residents. This coordination exists and efforts are well underway to assure this comprehensive data collection translates into action and ultimately to improved health outcomes. The intent is for the CHNA to have significant value for the community, and to be widely used to advance community health improvement planning by a diverse constituency of private and public agencies.

Click here to read the CHNA and discover all the latest details about our health outcomes and imperatives.

Archived Files

Community Health Needs Assessment for 2012

Northwest Connecticut – 2012 Update

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Community Health Needs Assessment for 2015

Northwest Connecticut – 2015 Update

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