Community Health
Morrow County, Ohio

A Community Health Assessment is a tool that provides a snapshot of the health of a community, state or nation. The report provides valuable information that can be used to develop strategies that focus on wellness, access to care, and unmet community needs. This assessment is important because it describes a community, including personal health habits, risky behaviors and general public health. Information collected from the assessment is often used to guide programming and funding in the community.

In 2016, The Morrow County Health District Coalition presented their Community Health Assessment of the county to the public. This report was a result of many dedicated community partners working together to identify issues within the county so that we can work toward improving the health and well-being of Morrow County residents. The information will be measured again to evaluate progress. The report of this information will be in the 2019 Community Health Assessment. 

Community Health Lens

Community leaders saw the need for a data hub to get an overall scope of data, services, and strategies in place to address priority health issues. The goal of the data hub was to provide a transparent scope of services, allow guidance for programming and funding, and plan evidence-based strategies. The data hub would allow for the community to work together with collective impact and lessen gaps and silos.

The Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Prevention (DAAP) of Morrow County provided backbone support for collective impact in Morrow County, and the data hub through the Community Collective Impact Model for Change Initiative (CCIM4C) grant. This grant is funded under the federal 21st Century CURES Act, and The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Through the CCIM4C, community leaders created strategies for Morrow County by combining a data-driven, strategic planning process across agencies to work on addressing the opioid epidemic by reducing trauma and promoting resiliency. The CCIM4C can be used for not only substance abuse, but all health issues that are being addressed in a community. 

Please visit the Community Collective Impact Model for Change for more information.

Grant Support

Morrow County received funds as one of the Twelve Funded Communities focusing on the opioid crisis affecting Ohio and the nation at large. 

Learn more about the grant in this informative video!

Morrow County Characteristics

Morrow County covers 407 square miles in the center of Ohio. Only 1.1 square miles of its area is covered by water. According to the 2010 Decennial Census, Morrow County's population is mostly rural, with just over 11% of Morrow County's population livingin urban environments. The charts below show population percentages by urbanicity in Ohio's counties and in Morrow County's census tracts, calculated from 2010 Census table P2. 

Population and Demographics of Morrow County

This rest of this report uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Unlike the Decennial Census — which is an exact count of people and households every 10 years — ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.

The ACS releases two kinds of data: one-year and five-year estimates. The one-year estimates provide more current data, but are not available for smaller locations like Morrow County, and are unreliable for small demographic slices. The five-year estimates provide greater detail and accuracy by widening the period of the survey.

The ACS uses the definitions of race and ethnicity set forth by the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards. These categories are based on self-identification and are "not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically, or genetically," according to the Census Bureau.

According to the OMB standards, the category of "Hispanic" maps to the concept of ethnicity, not race. A person who identifies as Hispanic may be of any race or combination of races.

Families and Households in Morrow County

A household is the person, or group of people, that lives in a housing unit. There are two main types of households: family and nonfamily. Most Americans live in households; the exceptions are people living in group quarters (such as college dormitories, prisons, barracks, or institutions). 

About the Data

• All data is from the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year estimate tables for Morrow County—with the exception of the Urban/Rural population chart, which is from the 2010 Decennial Census. This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.

Additional Resources

U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Morrow County, OH