What makes a healthy community? Quite a lot, actually.
Our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment, conducted for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties, drew upon demographic and secondary data for more than 100 specific health and quality of life indicators in each county collected by Healthy Communities Institute (HCI).
Data is typically presented in comparison to other counties, state average, national average, or Healthy People 2020 targets. Data is primarily from state and national public health sources and the source is identified for each indicator. Indicators illustrate how our community compares to national, state, and local health measures. They are not indicators of individual hospital or health provider quality.
We encourage you to explore the dashboards and demographics provided here for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties. There are also a variety of state and local reports, promising practices, and national funding opportunities that may be of use. This information may help you and your organization better understand the health needs present in our community and identify ways you can work with others to address health issues and improve health outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are indicators missing for my county when I try to compare them?
Missing indicators mean that the sample size in the county was too small or was not collected/available.
What is age adjustment?
If you compare counties for the frequency of diseases among their residents, the results may be affected significant by the age of the residents. For example, a county with many elderly residents will usually show more cases of heart disease than a younger population. "Age-adjustment" is a way to show the levels of disease in each county, if all of the counties were made up of the same age mix of people. This is a more accurate indication of how healthy people are, for their age, in each county.
I know obesity is a problem in our county, but the indicator is green. Why does it look like we don’t have a problem?
An indicator dial often looks at a comparison of all counties, either in Michigan, or across the United States. In some cases, such as obesity, your county may be doing better than half of the counties to which your county is compared. However, if you look deeper, “better” may still mean that 30 percent of your county's population is considered obese.
Watch this brief video to orient yourself to the key features and data available in our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment.