Live Healthy Loudoun
New Community Health Dashboard Launched
A new online resource to provide accurate and timely data, best practices, and other information to promote health and well-being in Loudoun County was launched at the Loudoun Health Council on February 9, 2017.
The Community Health Dashboard, tracks more than 100 key health and quality of life indicators across different topics, including health, economy, education, environment, government and politics, public safety, social environment and transportation. It also allows users to look up promising practices, create customized reports and search for funding opportunities for community-level programs that can address the root causes of health disparities.
With the dashboard, users can:
- Access social, health and demographic data by topic or geographic location within Loudoun County
- Find data broken down by age, gender, and race/ethnicity, where available
- View multiple health indicators at once, or a single indicator across multiple locations, including by zip code, county or census tract
- Compare county indicators to the national targets identified in Healthy People 2020
- Link to similar dashboards in neighboring jurisdictions
- Build customized reports on health topics of interest
Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships (MAPP)
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, this framework helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. MAPP is not an agency-focused assessment process; rather, it is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems. More information about MAPP is available online and through the Health Department.
2015 Assessments & Community Health Improvement Plan Now Available
On June 1, 2008, Loudoun County embarked on its first major community public health needs assessment. In 2013, the County repeated these four community assessments, utilizing the National Association for County and City Health Official's MAPP planning tool, to identify what our community sees as the key determinants of health and wellness, how Loudoun stacks up in those areas, and outline a course of action to best meet the needs of all our residents. These include:
- Community Themes and Strengths Assessment (PDF)
- Local Public Health System Assessment (PDF)
- Forces of Change Assessment (PDF)
- Community Health Status Assessment (PDF)
Over 6,500 Loudoun residents completed the survey in 2008 that asked their views on the health of Loudoun County. Surveys were categorized by age, sex, race/ethnicity, income, and education to identify differences in responses by these factors and to account for areas where those who responded to the survey differed from what would be expected from recent census data. Key overall findings of the 2013 survey included:
- Excellent schools, low crime/safe neighborhoods, good jobs and a healthy economy were the items viewed as being most important to create and maintain a healthy community.
- Lyme disease, cost of healthcare and availability of healthcare within Loudoun County were the health concerns viewed by respondents as most important for our community to address.
- Bullying, drug use and gang involvement were the behaviors viewed being of greatest concern to our community's well-being.
- Survey respondents most strongly agreed that Loudoun County provides a good quality of life, is a good place to raise children, provides quality education, and is a healthy and safe community.
- Respondents disagreed that housing or healthcare was affordable in Loudoun or that they were prepared for a public health emergency.
- Respondents overall viewed themselves as being healthy; they had good access to medical and dental care, with urgent care centers playing an important role in accessing care when regular doctors' offices are closed.
- Black and Hispanic respondents were more likely to prioritize access to healthcare as a concern, less likely to have seen a primary care provider or dentist in the previous year, and more likely to have used a safety net provider to receive care. They were also less likely to agree with statements about the quality of life and education in Loudoun County or to be concerned about Lyme disease.
- Compared to those who responded to the survey in 2008, 2013 survey respondents were more likely to prioritize excellent schools, good jobs, Lyme disease and bullying as key issues or concerns. 2013 survey respondents were also more likely to have used an urgent care center.
These assessments formed the basis for a new Community Health Assessment (PDF), which led to a revision of the county's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) (PDF) in May 2015. The CHIP work plan is available online (PDF).
2008 Assessments & Community Health Improvement Plan Available Online
Over 5,000 Loudoun residents completed the survey in 2008 that asked their views on the health of Loudoun County. The results of this survey as well as the other three assessments conducted as part of Loudoun's 2008 MAPP process are available at NPHPSP (PDF)Community Health Status (PDF), Forces of Change (PDF), Health Check Survey (PDF). The Community Health Improvement Plan is also available online along with the 2012 (PDF), 2013 (PDF) and 2014 (PDF) updates.
Please email us if you have any questions or comments about this process or if you would like more detailed information about any specific part of the assessment results.