Community Health & Needs Assessment 2020

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April 8, 2020

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The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte) is pleased to present the 2019-2020 Charlotte County Community Health and Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report. The communities included in this analysis are Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and Englewood, Florida. This report is the result of a 5-agency partnership between the Department of Health (DOH-Charlotte), Charlotte County Human Services (CCHS), Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC), United Way of Charlotte County (UWCC), and the Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida (HPCSWFL).

 
Every 5 years, DOH-Charlotte completes a Community Health Assessment (CHA), which is then used to produce and inform a 3-5-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The purpose of the community health assessment includes the thorough review and analysis of relevant data to provide invaluable information on the overall health and well-being of our local community. To produce the 2019-2020 CHA, however, the group of partners endeavored to compose a much more robust analysis which considered the economic, social, environmental, behavioral, and educational factors, which invariably impact individual and population level health outcomes. United by a singular vision, each partner agency provided a distinct perspective through which to analyze Charlotte County’s overall health and well-being status and help create this report’s central narrative. As such, this report is a Community Health and Needs Assessment (CHNA).
 
That said, the quality of health and health resources available to a community should be evaluated regularly to apply or maintain effective health equity practices. As a result, the five aforementioned partners collaborated in hopes of facilitating a process by which residents could identify and prioritize the major areas of need for their community and ultimately, produce the most comprehensive CHNA report for our county, to date. Consequently, this report provides a thorough assessment of the overall health and wellbeing status of Charlotte County, FL, including evaluations of local public health systems, community assets, and Charlotte County resident feedback on quality of life.
 
Finally, although the Community Health and Needs Assessment was spearheaded by the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County and facilitated by the Health Planning Council of SWFL and partners, the CHNA process was a community-wide undertaking, involving feedback from local public health systems, faith-based organizations, local businesses, social service agencies, education agencies, and community residents. The information in this report should be used as a resource and support tool for local policymakers, local public health system directors and all the agencies that serve Charlotte County; it should enable them to better plan and deliver targeted services and inform local policy decisions, while guaranteeing the development of effective interventions and the equitable distribution of community resources, to all those in need.

In Public Service,

The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County,
Charlotte County Human Services,
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care,
United Way of Charlotte County,
Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida.