Community Health Assessment
The Knox County Health Department’s Community Health Assessment outlines the priority health issues for Knox County and is released every five years. KCHD conducted its first Community Health Assessment in 2010 and the third Community Health Assessment will be released in 2020.
The 2014-2015 assessment can be found in the link at the bottom of the page. This assessment is the culmination of more than one and a half years of data collection and evaluation by KCHD’s epidemiology staff, a formal process based on a national model to improve community health.
“To effectively respond to the health needs of our community, we must have a deep understanding of the challenges we face,” said KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan. “Releasing these reports is a crucial step in building a healthier community. We hope it serves as a useful tool and reference for all readers.”
In the 2014-2015 report, twenty priority issues were outlined, including obesity, cancer, injury, violence, substance and tobacco use, environmental health, and food access. When statistically significant, disparities in rates of disease among different populations are noted.
“As readers will notice, some groups of people have higher rates of disease than others,” added Buchanan. “We’ve recognized the disparities, when statistically significant, because factors such as race, gender and income can play a major role in an individual’s health. And we know that we must address all of these factors to improve the health of everyone.”
The Community Health Assessment is a key part of KCHD’s strategic plan to improve health in Knox County and will be used to inform and monitor the organization’s efforts. The assessment is also used by a variety of groups, including medical providers, nonprofit organizations and hospitals, to inform their work as well. In addition, this report will serve as the basis for the Community Health Council's health improvement plan, which will identify the top four issues from this report as well as how best to address them as a community.