Community Health Assessment is one of the core services of local health departments. It involves the regular and systematic process of examining the health status of a population to:
1) determine the general and disease-specific health of the community;
2) assess underlying causes of poor health in the community;
3) plan for the use of resources to address identified health needs; and
4) evaluate the effectiveness of initiatives and programs.
We engage in regional, collaborative community health assessment with local health departments, hospitals and community based organizations. We analyze available data to determine priority needs and identify interventions to address these needs.
Through this collaborative, a fresh collection and analysis of data was conducted in 2016. The local health department and 3 hospitals that serve Essex County worked together to determine health priorities and a shared plan of population health activities for upcoming years. Three reports with increasing content depth and all Appendices are available here:
The last comprehensive assessment & priority selection was completed in 2013 – Essex County CHA 2013 Final
This assessment led to the development of our current Community Health Improvement Plan, 2014-2017 – Essex County CHIP 2013 Final.
Healthy ADK is a project of the North Country’s Population Health Improvement Program, maintained by Adirondack Health Institute in collaboration with local agencies. Data sets include health, economy, education, environment, government, public safety, social environment & transportation.
The NYS DOH Prevention Agenda Dashboard provides state and county level data based on the state’s Prevention Agenda including indicators for disparities, healthy & safe environment, chronic diseases, communicable diseases, women, infants & children and mental, emotional & behavioral health.
For assistance using these sites or to request data, please contact Essex County Health Department at (518) 873-3500.