2016 Assessment

Harrisonburg/Rockingham Healthy Community Council 2016 Community Assessment

Every 5 years we do a community assessment to help evaluate health in Harrisonburg/Rockingham (H/R), set priorities for action, and assist community agencies in getting the data they need to improve community health. This year, we’ve done it differently:

PRIORITIZING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

Approximately 300 residents and community agency staff and clients were asked for their perspectives on personal health, community health and quality of life in H/R. From these perspectives, the Healthy Community Council (HCC) identified H/R community strengths and challenges to prioritize community health and quality of life improvements.

PRIORITIZING THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

Around the world, studies show that health is most affected by the 10 Social Determinants of Health. To prioritize evidence-based data on the most important contributors to health, the HCC researched and summarized literature in the U.S., developing local implications for each of the Social Determinants in H/R.

PRIORITIZING HEALTH

This year, Sentara RMH performed a Community Health Needs Assessment, reflecting the community’s health from a health care perspective. The HCC had the opportunity to contribute to survey questions and stakeholder priorities, reflecting an important collaborative partnership for community health planning.


Healthy People 2020: Data and Resources Related to Social Determinants of Health

PRIORITIZING COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES

Like the 10 Social Determinants of Health, Healthy People 2020 identifies economic and social challenges that affect health. H/R has a wealth of agencies, organizations, and resources for collaborating to address each. The HCC, in collaboration with JMU rural health students and faculty, developed an exhaustive Harrisonburg/Rockingham community profile to identify common resources, collaborative partners, and community service gaps to address quality of life and health in our community.

HARRISONBURG/ROCKINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTH DATA

In addition, residents and agencies can find a wealth of supporting data to understand, track and prioritize H/R community health: