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2018 Chatham County Community Assessment Released

Post Date:04/01/2019

The 2018 Chatham County Community Assessment is now available online and will be available at the Chatham County Public Health Department in both English and Spanish by May. 

This report was a collaborative effort led by the Chatham Health Alliance, Chatham County Public Health Department, and Chatham Hospital and is intended to provide a high-level view of the Chatham community and to compile data as completely as possible in a central resource for residents and community-serving agencies and organizations. While previous assessments focused on health, the 2018 assessment expanded to examine community well-being and incorporated additional topics ranging from affordable housing and unemployment to education and child care.

The report introduces the 2018 Health Impact Priorities identified by the Chatham Health Alliance: access to comprehensive health services, obesity, and poverty. Additional topics in the report include life expectancy and leading causes of death, basic necessities, behavioral health, chronic disease, community cohesion, economic growth, environment, healthcare, personal development, safety, sexual health, and substance use.

We would like to thank the many people who helped make the 2018 Chatham County Community Assessment a success. Well over 100 volunteers and 45 community organizations contributed to this assessment; with the expanded focus on community well-being, these partnerships became even more critical. Most importantly, we are grateful to the residents of Chatham County who took the time to share their perspectives through the door-to-door surveys, focus groups, community conversations, and key informant interviews. Their points of view shaped the assessment and were critical to selecting Health Impact Priorities.

Efforts around these priority areas are led by the Chatham Health Alliance, which has played an active role in improving health in Chatham since its inception in March 2015. Through these efforts and the work of the broader Chatham community, together, we will work to build an active, thriving community for all.

To view the report, visit

For more information about the Chatham Health Alliance, visit

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