Health District releases 2022-25 Community Health Assessment

Feb 16, 2023

Feb. 16, 2023. Reno/Sparks, Nev. – The Washoe County Health District has released the 2022-25 Community Health Assessment (CHA), a comprehensive overview of health-related data in Washoe County to identify insights to the health needs in our community and circumstances that impact health in our region.

The Health District is working with Truckee Meadows Tomorrow to host a panel discussion, Washoe County’s Most Pressing Health Needs, for community members to learn about the findings on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 at Reno Public Market (299 E. Plumb Ln, Reno) from noon-1 p.m.

The CHA, which can be found here, found that the five highest ranked health topics to address in Washoe County are:

  • Mental Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Access to Health Services
  • Preventive Health Behaviors
  • Violence

An executive summary of the CHA can be found here.

The CHA is a compilation of health-related statistical data and data from engagement with community members that is used to inform the development of the Washoe County Health District’s 2022-2025 Community Health Improvement Plan, which will be released later this spring. The CHA utilizes validated and reliable secondary data sources, results from an online community survey, focus groups, input from key informants, as well as an agency survey.

Each source of information provided additional insight into the health needs of Washoe County’s residents and the circumstances that impact health in the region. An objective scoring matrix was applied to the data and resulting scores determined the rank of eight health topics to be prioritized for community health improvement plan initiatives. The CHA serves as a resource for those working to address health behaviors and health outcomes in Washoe County.

The Feb. 23 event being held at Reno Public Market (299 E. Plumb Ln, Reno) is free to the public. To register, please go here.

The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.