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Recent survey reveals health trends in Allen County

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The survey was conducted to measure different health factors in Allen County with adults, African Americans, and youth. The survey was conducted to measure different health factors in Allen County with adults, African Americans, and youth.
Those with Activate Allen County say that a major focus looking at the future will be with addiction and mental health. Those with Activate Allen County say that a major focus looking at the future will be with addiction and mental health.

Back in spring of this year, 2,400 adults and randomly chosen middle and high schools in Allen County were chosen to be part of the 2017 Allen County Health Risk and Community Needs Assessment Survey. 

The survey was conducted to measure different health factors in Allen County with adults, African Americans, and youth.  Among some of the positive results, the survey found that more people in Allen County are covered by insurance than years before.

"Uninsured rates have gone down - it's only at 5% that we found with this assessment, which is wonderful news for Allen County," said Emily Stearns, Health Improvement Coordinator for the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio.  "It was at 14% in 2009 so we're seeing a huge difference there."

Though there are some health issues in Allen County that the survey revealed: "Alcohol use is a lot higher - if you look at the comparisons for Ohio and the United States, you can say that we are higher than both in Allen County," Stearns said.  "For youth health, we did see obesity and overweight children stay about the same from the past assessments."

These results were presented at a community event for different local organizations.  Now that these results are known, organizations like Activate Allen County are ready to take steps forward and figure out how to better the lives of people in Allen County. 

"When we look at this community health needs assessment, we can identify what's happening here in Allen County and the region altogether, and we can identify where or we need to go as priorities based on what's happening locally, and I think that's the really exciting thing," said Bob Baxter, CEO of St. Rita's Health Partners.  "If you go back in time to maybe when the grant started, probably something opioid abuse so wasn't on the state, national, or local radar, but today the landscape has changed significantly with all that needs to be a priority, so in the future Activate Allen County can adjust its priorities based on what needs to happen."

Those with Activate Allen County say that a major focus looking at the future will be with addiction and mental health. 

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