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Community Health Improvement


The Van Wert County Health Department, along with other community agencies formed a partnership called the Van Wert County Health Collaborative. The purpose of the formation of the collaborative was to collect data to show the health and health behaviors of Van Wert County Residents and then identify the health needs.  The data collected was then analyzed and provided in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA serves as the foundation for development of a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to guide Van Wert County for the next three years.

The CHNA will be assessed and priorities determined by the collaborative, who will then work together to focus on addressing these priorities. 

The progress relating to our local priorities will be monitored with measurable indicators identified by the Van Wert County Health Collaborative. The individuals that are working on action steps will meet on an as needed basis.  The committee will form a plan to disseminate the Community Health Improvement Plan to the community. Action steps, responsible person/agency, and timelines will be reviewed at the end of each year by the committee. Edits and revisions will be made accordingly.

2015 Community Health Needs Assessment

2011 Community Health Assessment


2017-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan

2014 Community Health Improvement Plan

County Health Rankings

The health outcomes of Van Wert County residents continues to improve, according to the Annual County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The county was ranked 19h out of the state’s 88 counties in health outcomes. This represents significant progress over the overall health ranking of 39th out of 88 Ohio counties in 2011.  However, the health factors rankings have gone down over the last few years, ranking 20th in 2016.

The data and conclusions found in the 2016 County Health Rankings will inform and provide direction for the continued efforts of community health partners working together to create a culture of health in Van Wert County.  For more information on the 2016 County Health Rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org or go directly to the page specific to Van Wert County here.






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