In January, 2018, the Cincinnati Health Department released the Community Health Assessment (CHA) – a document that addresses the health of Cincinnati. It provides a quantitative analysis on the almost 300,000 residents of Cincinnati living in 52 neighborhoods covering almost 80 sq miles. There are graphs, tables and maps that describe the disparities in our city and that identify the most vulnerable communities.
I will note a few striking findings that might pique your interest so that you might read the entire document.
- Of those living in housing units, 62% of them live in pre-1940 housing units making them more susceptible to issues of lead paint hazards.
- 34% of school-aged children are overweight or obese; 14% have asthma; 13% have dental issues.
- Many people living in poverty live more than one mile from a grocery store, making them less likely to have access to healthy food.
- Male and minority youth have higher mortality rates.
- North Avondale/Paddock Hills Cincinnatians can expect to live to age 87, while Avondale residents look at a life expectancy of only 68 years.
What are those things that drive those figures? How can a quality of life be maintained?
The CHA gives the top 10 zipcodes for overdoses, opioid and heroin visits to Hamilton County Hospitals and emergency rooms. The document is a comprehensive collection and analysis of data focusing on the health concerns for Cincinnati. It can be used as a tool to help one understand the health needs in our communities. March 10th was the Neighborhood Summit and it was recommended that those attending the Summit be armed with the information in the CHA to make the discussions more meaningful. To access the complete Community Health Assessment go to http://bit.ly/2GHbPpd
Kimya Moyo, Health Liasion