The Summit County Health Department, in partnership with other community organizations has conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to identify the health and safety needs of Summit County residents. It will now help to inform strategic planning efforts that will be designed to improve overall health and safety. In addition, the assessment is being presented as a community resource for all organizations and individuals.
Click here to download the Summit County Community Health Needs Assessment.
In order to conduct the assessment, the Health Department contracted with the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah. The next step was to identify community partners and resources for the assessment and then identify a stakeholder group. From there, existing data sources were reviewed followed by conducting focus groups. Follow-up surveys will be conducted among youth and Hispanic/Latino groups.
The stakeholder group was comprised of representatives from the majority of Summit County demographics. The group included schools, government, health, business, youth, seniors, Hispanic, faith-based, community and rural representatives. The stakeholder group identified target populations in which focus groups were conducted and recommended potential participants for those focus groups. The five focus groups included South Summit, North Summit, Western Summit, Hispanic/Latino and youth.
Results of the focus groups identified:
- Issues surrounding mental health, substance abuse, transportation and access to dental services were identified in all groups.
- The youth in the surveys identified “drug abuse,” alcohol, and ineffective education (drugs, alcohol, sex) as an issue.
- Senior services in the county were identified as general gap.
- High cost of health and mental health services are issues for county residents.
- There is a general lack of awareness of existing services.
- There is a lack of trusted sources of information for youth and Hispanic/Latino groups.
With this information, the Health Department, in partnership with other community organizations plans to develop ongoing quality improvement initiatives. The Health Department will also be formulating a Strategic Plan utilizing this data.