Live Healthy Lane – Community Health Needs Assessment

| May 7, 2014


Our community is working together to improve health and wellness in Lane County.

Lane County has a strong foundation for a healthy community. Built around abundant natural resources, collaboration across organizations, hardworking residents, caring neighborhoods, and innovation; we are proud of these assets, but there is still much work to be done.

How can we Live Healthy Lane? Community members, partners, and stakeholders are working together to address health issues where we live, learn, work, and play. Events are convening where community members discussed what improvements they would like to see. This process and its findings will be summarized in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Using the community’s feedback, a comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) will be drafted. Partners and stakeholders throughout Lane County will then work on the CHIP’s strategies and objectives with the shared goal of making measurable progress in each area.

This is a collaborative project between United Way of Lane County, Lane County Public Health, PeaceHealth Oregon West, and Trillium CCO. Improving the health and well-being of Lane County is core work of the partnering organizations.


2015 Community Health Needs Assessment:

A Community Heath Assessment (CHNA) engages community members and local public health system partners to collect and analyze health-related data from many sources. Three critical tasks are accomplished through the Community Health Needs Assessment:

  • Informs community decision-making;
  • Prioritizes health problems; and
  • Assists in the development and implementation of community health improvement plans.

To maximize impact, community involvement is vital at each phase:

1. Create a shared vision (Summer 2015)

  • Over 130 community members convened for the June 25, 2015 county-wide simulcast Community Health Visioning Session to brainstorm what a healthy community looks and feels like. Visioning Results Summary.
    • Live Healthy Lane: Working together to create a caring community where all people can live a healthier life.
      • Compassion – We are creating a community where all people are treated with dignity and respect.
      • Equity – We believe everyone should have the opportunity to live a healthy life.
      • Inclusion – We strive to embrace our differences and treat the whole person.
      • Collaboration – We have committed our collective resources to innovation, coordination, and integration of services.

2. Conduct four community assessments to gather and analyze data (Summer 2015 – Fall 2015):

  • Community Health Status: hard data – the facts of what the health status of our community look like
  • Local Public Health System: internal assessment of the components, activities, competencies, and capacities of our local public health system and how well the essential public health services are being provided to Lane County.
  • Community Strengths and Themes: community input about critical issues, county strengths, and what’s most important
    • 2,848 surveys were gathered
    • 50 focus groups were completed with ~500 participants
    • 53 key informant interviews were conducted
  • Forces of Change: external assessment to identify what is occurring or might occur that affects the health of our community or the local public health system

3. Identify and prioritize strategic issues where action will be taken; Then formulate goals and strategies to address those issues (Winter 2016 – Spring 2016)

  • We are busy planning a Winter 2016 Community Event to present results from the assessments and ask you to vote on the action areas for the Community Health Improvement Plan! Please check back soon for more information.

4. Implement the new 3-year Community Health Improvement Plan (Summer 2016-Summer 2019)

  • A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is an action-oriented plan that outlines the community health issues based on CHNA findings. The community and partners will work together to identify how issues will be addressed and how to measure progress. Ultimately, the long-term goal is to improve the community’s health.



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Community involvement and engagement is critical throughout the entire CHNA/CHIP process.  When working together, people can produce more innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions. If you are interested in getting involved in creating a healthy and vibrant community, please contact the Community Health Program Manager – Heather Amrhein at [email protected] or 541-741-6000 x122


 2012 Community Health Assessment:

In the spring of 2012, a collaboration of community members and organizations launched a comprehensive CHA. Review of the data and information led to the identification of key objectives to improve community health in Lane County – the 2013-2016 Community Health Improvement Plan.

2012 South Lane County:

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