Loudoun Health Check is now 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, at www.livehealthyloudoun.org, 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:
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)
- 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; and
- Build customized reports on health topics of interest.
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 and 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 & 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:
These assessments formed the basis for a new Community Health Assessment, which led to a revision of the county's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in May 2015. The CHIP work plan is available online.
2008 Assessments and 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 NPHPSPCommunity Health StatusForces of ChangeHealth Check Survey. The Community Health Improvement Plan is also available online along with the 2012, 2013 and 2014 updates.
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 2008 survey included:
- >Low crime rates, a clean and healthy environment, excellent school systems, and the ability to safely walk or bicycle to work, school, stores or recreation were viewed as the most important factors in creating and maintaining a healthy environment.
- Healthcare cost and availability in Loudoun County, access to outdoor space for exercise and fresh air, and emergency preparedness were viewed as the top health concerns for our community to address.
- Gang involvement, drug use/abuse, childhood obesity and lack of exercise were viewed as the greatest concerns to our community’s well-being.
- Survey respondents strongly agreed that the quality of life in Loudoun County is good, that it is a good place to raise children, and that children receive a high quality education in Loudoun.
- Survey respondents agreed that Loudoun is a healthy and safe community, that they are able to get the healthcare they need, that healthcare is of good quality, and that the county provides good job opportunities.
- Respondents disagreed that they were prepared for a public health emergency or that housing was affordable in Loudoun County.
- Overall, respondents’ health status was viewed as being very good, with a high percentage receiving timely preventive services.
- Black and Hispanic respondents and those with lower incomes tended to have increased concerns about access to healthcare and were less inclined to view the quality of life in Loudoun as good or safe, or as good a place to raise children.
- Western Loudoun residents tended to have greater concerns about healthcare and housing affordability, the environment, jobs, and Lyme disease.
Please contact us at 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.
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