Community Health Assessment

The Healthy Klamath Coalition is seeking feedback from local residents on the draft 2021 Klamath County Community Health Assessment.

“We create a collaborative assessment every three years on behalf of the community,” said Merritt Driscoll, executive director of the Healthy Klamath organization. “It is the basis for the upcoming 2022 community health improvement plan.”

The electronic document can be found at: https://www.healthyklamath.org/content/sites/klamath/01272022_CHA_DRAFT.pdf.

Feedback can be emailed to info@healthyklamath.org.

A community health assessment, also known as a community health needs assessment, identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.

“The overall hope is that it becomes a document that can be used by our local communities to understand where we were in 2021. It represents a point in time that we can measure against in years to come,” said Driscoll.

Once the community health assessment is finalized, Healthy Klamath will begin the community health improvement plan process. A community health improvement plan is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of community health assessment and health improvement planning process. Locally, the community health improvement plan is updated every three years.

About Healthy Klamath

The Healthy Klamath Coalition is a multi-sector partnership established to guide community health improvement efforts in Klamath County, Oregon. The community mobilized in 2012, forming the coalition in response to consistently low rankings in the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) County Health Rankings. Over the past nine years, dedicated community members, leaders, and organizations have launched numerous initiatives, programs, and policy changes to address the health factors contributing to poor health outcomes in Klamath County. Passionate community leaders and community members are working together to find innovative solutions to address the health issues where we live, learn, work, and play. This momentum is helping build a culture of health in Klamath County.