Live Healthy Lane – Community Health Needs Assessment

| May 7, 2014


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.The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) details the efforts, research, data, as well as a new approach to community health where programs and interventions are not only rooted in the data, but also are reflective of what people in Lane County feel is important for a healthier life. Using the community’s feedback, community partners and stakeholders will use the findings of the CHNA to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP will identify goals, strategies, activities, and necessary resources to appropriately address the strategic issues outlined in the CHNA.

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.

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.

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 important at each phase:

1. Visioning (Summer 2015)

  • What does a healthy community looks and feels like?

2. Community assessments (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 strategic issues (Winter 2016)

  • You’re Invited! We asked, you answered… Find out the results of the Community Health needs Assessment and help shape Lane County’s healthy future! February 10th, 2016. Learn more and register – Live Healthy Lane: Defining Our Future

4. Formulate goals and strategies (Spring 2016)

5. Action cycle (Summer 2016-Summer 2019)

  • A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is an action-oriented plan based on the CHNA findings identifying how the community and partners will improve health in Lane County.



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Get Involved!

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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