Live Healthy Lane – Community Health Needs Assessment

| May 7, 2014

LiveHealthyLogo_FINALLive Healthy Lane is a collaborative project between United Way, Lane County, PeaceHealth, and Trillium that consists of a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  The goal of this work is to reduce health disparities, promote health equity, and improve the overall health of the community.

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2015-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

The 2015-2016 Lane County Regional Community Health Needs Assessment is more than charts and graphs. It is more than statistics and numbers. This assessment introduces a new approach to community health, one where decisions about programs and interventions are not based solely on “the numbers,” but also on what community members feel is important as they strive to live a healthier life. The findings from the CHNA were used to develop the 2016-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

This work has only been possible because of the amazing participation from our local partners and community members. Thank you!


Early in the process, a multi-site community health visioning session provided the platform for 135 community members to share their views on the desired health of Lane County. This input was used in the development of our community vision and values:

Community Vision: Working together to create a caring community where all people can live a healthier life.

Community Values:

  • 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.

Four Assessments

Between May 2015 and January 2016, four assessments were conducted with the help of thousands of community members and hundreds of organizations. These assessments provide a snapshot of the specific health needs and opportunities in the region.

  • Forces of Change Assessment: identified the trends, factors, and events that were likely to influence community health and quality of life, or impact the work of the local public health system.
  • Local Public Health System: evaluated the performance of our local public health system and how well the essential public health services are being provided to the Lane County region.
  • Community Health Status: provided ata on the community’s health and answered questions such as: How healthy are the people who live in the region? What does the health status of our community look like?
  • Community Strengths and Themes: focused on gathering the thoughts and opinions of community members in order to understand which issues are important to the community.

Strategic Issues

What needs to be addressed in order for our community to achieve our vision? During a multi-site community event in February 2016, almost 300 of community members voted on the final strategic issues, which will be addressed in the 2016-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan:

  1. How can we promote access to economic and social opportunities necessary to live a healthy life?
  2. How can we promote healthy behaviors and engage the community in healthy living?

Next Steps

We will continue to work with our partners and community members to take action on the 2016-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan.  We encourage you to get involved and contribute to this effort as we work together to create a caring community where all people can live a healthier life.


2015-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment: Summary Report
2015-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment: Summary Brochure

A digital version of the full 2015-2016 Lane County Regional Community Health Needs Assessment has been broken down by section and can be viewed by clicking on the following links. You can also download the 2015-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment in its  entirety (248 pages)  by clicking here

Executive Summary

Visioning Report

Four Assessments:
Community Themes and Strengths Assessment Report
Forces of Change Assessment Report
Local Public Health System Assessment Report
Community Health Status Assessment Report

Identifying Strategic Issues Report

Formulating Goals and Strategies Report



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Get Involved!

Community involvement is very important in creating a healthy and vibrant community.  When working together, people can produce more innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved in improving Lane County’s healthy future, please contact:

Heather Amrhein [email protected]  541-741-6000 x122

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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.



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