Community Themes & Strengths Assessment

The Community Themes and Strengths Assessment provides qualitative information on how communities perceive their health and quality of life concerns, as well as, their knowledge of community assets and resources. It informs a deep understanding of the issues that residents feel are important by answering the questions:

“What is important to our community?”

“How is quality of life perceived in our community?”

“What assets do we have that can be used to improve community health?”

Outcomes:

For the CTSA, two methodologies were used to collect community input. These included a survey that was mailed to a random sample of residents and focus group discussions targeting four populations groups.

The survey questionnaire was mailed to a random sample of 1,000 adult Geauga County residents selected from current registered voters. The survey consisted of 26-questions divided into three sections. The first section posed ten questions that gathered perceptions about the quality of life in Geauga County using anchored Likert scale questions. The second section asked participants to rank the three most important factors for a healthy community, health problems in the community, risk behaviors, and community assets from lists provided. Respondents could add their own response to the list provided. The third section gathered demographic information of respondents.

A total of 384 surveys (38.4%), sufficient to generalize the results, were returned and analyzed. While the demographics indicated that the sample was largely representative of the population based on US Census Bureau estimates, nearly two times as many women participated than men. Overall, the respondents were favorable about the quality of life in Geauga County. The strongest indications were that Geauga County is a safe place to live. The weakest indications were that Geauga County may not be the best place to grow old, with an expressed need for better housing and shopping choices and an inadequate public transportation system. Overall, respondents felt strongly that they alone or with others can make Geauga County a better place to live.

Survey respondents identified good schools, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs and economy as the most important factors for a healthy community. Respondents identified obesity and overweight, cancer, and aging as the most important health problems in the community. Alcohol and drug use were by far the highest risk behaviors, followed by poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Respondents identified safe neighborhoods, Geauga County’s rural atmosphere, churches, and its people as its most important assets.

Resident views were also gathered from 26 people at four different focus group discussions. Focus groups targeted adult Geauga County residents that were Amish, Hispanic, African American, and 65-years or older. Participants spent about 90 minutes discussing similar questions, including defining a healthy community, discuss and prioritize health problems experienced by these groups, identifying the most important community assets, and describing needs.

For residents 65-years and older, discussion centered on health issues related to aging and the importance of community centers, such as the Department on Aging senior centers, as important gathering places. Seniors expressed the need for affordable senior housing and better public transportation.

Amish residents focused on the need for better road safety and improved access to oral health care, while listing the Geauga County Public Library Bookmobile and neighbors as the most important assets in the community. Participants discussed the importance of access to affordable healthy food and preventive health care as vital to improving health outcomes.

Hispanic residents identified the need for improved access through the provision of translation services or English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Participants recognized that their small numbers in Geauga County resulted in less visibility to community agencies.

African American residents discussed the importance of personal responsibility in health issues, including diet, exercise, and parenting. Participants identified the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center as invaluable to improving the health of the community through its educational and economic outreach programs.

One common theme that emerged from the survey and focus groups was that the quality of life in Geauga is associated with safe neighborhoods and low crime, and the weakest quality of life indicator was Geauga County as a place to grow old. However, both the survey respondents and focus group participants felt empowered to improve the quality of life and thus the health of the community.

View the complete 2011 Community Themes & Strengths Assessment report

Community Health Assessment

The Community Health Status Assessment provides quantitative data on a broad array of health indicators, including behavioral risk factors, environmental health, and other measures that reflect a broad definition of health. It helps to determine where the community stands in relation to state data, national data, and Healthy People 2020 goals. Questions answered include:

“How healthy are our residents?”

“What does the health status of our community look like?”

Outcomes:

The Community Health Status Assessment process kicked off with a meeting on Saint Patricks’ Day, March 17, 2011 at the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services. Over the course of the next years the following major events occurred:

March 17, 2011 – Kick off meeting (PowerPoint #1, PowerPoint #2 of this event)
May 24, 2011 – Adult and Youth survey indicator selected
June 21, 2011 – Children (0 – 11 years) survey indicators selected
September 8, 2011 – Geauga County vision session #1
September 14, 2011 – Geauga County vision session #1
September 30, 2011 – Data collection has begun
Survey mailed to adults 18-years and over
Survey mailed to parents of children 0 – 11 years old
November 21-23, 2011In-school survey of youth 12-18-years
December 12-15, 2011In-school survey of KSU Geauga Campus adults
February 14, 2012 – Draft report reviewed by partners
April 18, 2012 – Public release of final CHA report (PowerPoint of this event)

2011 Geauga County Health Assessment Final Report

Local Public Health Assessment

NPHPSP LogoThe Local Public Health System Assessment focuses on all of the organizations and entities that contribute to the public’s health. It is completed using the local instrument of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP). The NPHPSP instrument measures how well the public health system partners collaborate to provide public health services based on a nationally recognized set of performance standards. The LPHSA answers the questions:

“What are the components, activities, competencies, and capacities of our local public health system?”

“How are the Essential Services being provided to our community?”

Outcomes:

The Geauga County Local Public Health Assessment was conducted on Thursday April 24, 2014 at the Geauga County Public Library Administration Building.

Executive Summary

Complete LPHS Assessment Report

Forces of Change Assessment

The Forces of Change Assessment provides an analysis of the positive and negative external forces that impact the promotion and protection of public health. It focuses on identifying forces such as legislation, technology, and other impending changes that affect the context in which the community and its public health system operate. This answers the questions:

“What is occurring or might occur that affects the health of our community or the local public health system?”

and “What specific threats or opportunities are generated by these occurrences?”

The Partnership for a Healthy GEAUGA conducted a Forces of Change Assessment during its strategic planning process to create the community health improvement plan on September 25, 2014. The forces of change assessment is available here, and is a part of the CHIP.