Health Care Providers Present 2021 Community Health Assessment Results



DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The results of the 2021 Community Health Assessment were released on Tuesday.

Study reports show that there are areas of concern with significant gaps in problems worsened by social conditions, including poverty and income inequality.

“These issues dramatically influence personal and community health,” said Brooke Barnes, deputy director of the Scott County Department of Health. “To improve the mental and physical health of the community, we must continue to work collaboratively across sectors to address these root causes of poor health in our community.”

The Community Health Assessment takes a data-driven approach to determine the health status, behaviors and needs of residents of the Quad Cities area, led by PRC of Omaha, Nebraska.

The study included a community survey of 1,150 people in Scott, Rock Island and Muscatine counties, secondary data analysis, and contributions from local community members in 26 focus groups held across the counties. The study sponsors, in partnership with members of the Community Stakeholder Committee and other community partners, collected qualitative data.

The Quad Cities area is above the national average in three areas, according to the study.

Across the total area, the study found that the number of people who identified their health as “fair” or “poor” was 24.8% compared to the national average of 12.6%. Where the average in the Quad Cities area was most often among adults aged 40 to 64, black respondents, and adults in very low income households.

The study showed that a greater proportion of Quad Citians are overweight or obese than the national average.

“Overweight” is considered to have a body mass index, or BMI, equal to or greater than 25. The average total area is 74.6%, compared to 61% nationally. In the obese category (BMI of 30 or more), the total area is 41.1%, while the national rate is 31.3%.

The study also found improvements in the area, as fewer Quad Cities residents smoke, more have health insurance coverage, and more seniors have been vaccinated against the flu in the past year.

The Quad Cities averages fare better than the national average on some indicators, including the percentage of adults who have seen a dentist in the past year, have been screened for diabetes, and have died in car accidents. the road, according to the study.

The assessment identified 13 ‘areas of opportunity’ for health partners and the wider community: access to health services, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, housing, child health and family planning. , injury and violence, kidney disease, mental health, nutrition, physical activity and weight, oral health, respiratory disease and substance abuse.

The list of areas of opportunity for 2021 is roughly the same as the 2018 report, except for respiratory illnesses replacing smoking. Stakeholders from across the community will narrow this list down to the top three concentrations in a strategy session in November, and then health partners will update plans to improve community health.

“Our collaborative assessment process recognizes the essential role of all community sectors in creating a healthy community,” said Tom Bowman, CEO of Community Health Care.

Focus groups within the study identified issues in the community, including a need for more specialist physicians in the community; help navigate complex health systems and medical insurance; more preventive and holistic care options; and improving diversity and cultural competence among medical providers.

The study was sponsored by Community Health Care, Inc., Genesis Health System, Muscatine County Public Health, Quad City Health Initiative, Rock Island County Health Department, Scott County Health Department, and UnityPoint Health-Trinity. Health officials in the region have conducted this assessment every three years since 2002.

“Local health and public health partners are using this assessment to set priorities and programs for the next three years and work collaboratively to improve the overall health of Quad Citians,” said Nicole Carkner, Executive Director of the Quad City Health Initiative. “The partners encourage community involvement in the assessment process and in the work to follow.

Study partners invite the community to comment on the assessment via an online survey until November 5. The full assessment and survey are available at quadcities.healthforecast.net.

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