Community Health Assessment
 
Mason County, WA

Purpose

The Community Health Assessment is a review of various health data used to paint a picture of the current health status of a community and monitor its progress over time. The local data reported in this section is organized by the Health Rankings Model (1). The findings of this assessment will be used to identify the health priorities of focus for the latest Mason County Community Health Improvement Plan.

Health Rankings Model

The Health Rankings Model (1) emphasizes the many factors in population health that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. In the Health Rankings Model, the current health status of a community is called health outcomes, which is ranked by rates of mortality (premature death) and morbidity (chronic diseases). These health outcomes are influenced by health factors in a community; ranked by a calculation of various health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment measures. Health Factors represent what will influence the future health of a community, while health outcomes represent how healthy a community is today (1). There are evidence-based policies and programs that a community can implement to improve health factors and, ultimately, improve its health outcomes.

References

(1) County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: Mason County http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/county-health-rankings-model