The Tri-County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and well-being of residents in the Tri-County region, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Several themes are prevalent in this assessment, the demographic composition of the Tri-County region, the predictors for and prevalence of diseases, leading causes of mortality, accessibility to health services and healthy behaviors. Results from the 2019 study will be used for strategic decision-making purposes as they directly relate to the health needs of the community.

The 2019 CHNA summary and report is available for public review and comments. The review period will be open until July 21, 2019. Please visit www.healthyhoi.org for the report and directions on how to submit comments.

Primary data were collected from the general population and at-risk or economically disadvantaged populations. Areas of investigation included perceptions of community health issues, unhealthy behaviors, issues with quality of life, healthy behaviors and access to medical care, dental care, prescription medications and mental health counseling. Additionally, demographic characteristics of respondents were utilized to provide insights into why certain segments of the population responded differently. Ultimately, the prioritization of the most important health related issues was identified. Consideration was given to health needs based on magnitude of the issue (i.e., what percentage of the population was impacted by the issue); severity of the issue in terms of its relationship with morbidity and mortality; and potential impact through collaboration. This study also includes a detailed analysis of secondary data to assess information regarding the health status of the community. In order to perform these analyses, information was collected from numerous secondary sources, including public and private sources of data.

The Partnership for a Healthy Community is a community-driven effort to improve health and wellness in Central Illinois. Multiple organizations, sectors and the public participate in population health planning to identify and prioritize health and quality of life issues, map and leverage community resources, and form effective partnerships to implement health improvement strategies in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties.