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2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment Reveals New Health Priorities and Data

Assessment covers a wide-range of health-related issues to improve the overall health of Durham County residents

Post Date:05/01/2018 6:56 PM

DURHAM, N.C. – The 2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment (CHA) has been finalized after a one month comment period for community feedback. The CHA will address several priorities, but the gap between health and housing is the newest priority.  Every three years, Durham County conducts a CHA to identify health-related needs and assets.  The completion of the assessment is a collaborative effort among the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH), Partnership for a Healthy Durham, Duke Health, and community partners and residents.

Based on the results of the 2017 CHA, the Partnership for a Healthy Durham will continue committees around the health priorities of Access to Care, Obesity and Chronic Illness and Substance Use/Mental Health.  The Partnership will create a new Housing committee to address the top health priority of health and housing.  Each committee will form community health improvement plans to develop ways to collaborate and alleviate these issues.

New to the 2017 CHA is a chapter about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues.  Community members emphasized a need for local primary data for this population in order to better measure outcomes.

“The CHA addresses a wide range of health issues and other factors that impact health, such as jobs, education, housing, and racism.  Durham County health outcomes have improved in some areas, but disparities remain by race, ethnicity and income,” said Gayle Harris, director, DCoDPH.  “In order to ensure all of Durham’s residents can thrive, we need to work across sectors to improve socioeconomic and environmental factors for everyone.  This work needs to be intentional and address racism at the systemic level.”

Effective July 1, 2018, the HIV/STI Committee will no longer be a focus area of the Partnership; however, DCoDPH is committed to supporting the work of the committee moving forward in order to decrease HIV and STI rates.

For more information about the Partnership for a Healthy Durham or initiatives developed to improve Durham’s health, contact Marissa Mortiboy at 919-560-7833 or  To view the 2017 CHA, visit

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