Central Racine County Health Department will be developing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in accordance with State requirements.  To start this process, we developed a Community Health Assessment (CHA).  For the CHA we gathered health-related data from residents, agencies and other key stakeholders as well as from secondary data sources.  Using CHA findings we developed a list of health opportunities and challenges for our community.  Please go to www.crchd.com to view the CHA.  Please send any comments through “Contact Us” on the website.

The next step in the CHIP process is to get your input regarding the identified health issues.  This ensures that we develop a CHIP that is relevant to the needs and concerns of the community.  In order to learn what you think are the greatest health priorities that need to be addressed in our community, we ask that you complete this short survey.  It should take approximately three minutes to complete and your responses will remain completely confidential.


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Please read each health issue below.  Rank what you see as the top 5 issues we and partner agencies should work to address.  Place the letter corresponding to the issue in the box next to the number of importance to you, with 1 being the most important to you and 5 being the least important. 

A. Mental Health:  In 2016 there was a 7% increase in youth reporting depression and a 6% increase in youth reporting attempted suicide compared to 2010.  From 2007 to 2015, there was a two-fold increase in suicides for all ages in Racine County (“the County”).

B. Overweight and Obesity:  The percentage of adults reporting a status of overweight or obese increased 9% from 2003 to 2017 in the CRCHD jurisdiction (“the Jurisdiction”).

C. Alcohol Use:  Reported binge drinking by adults in the Jurisdiction has doubled from 2003 to 2017. 

D. Drug Misuse (Prescription and Illegal):  From 2005 to 2016, the rate of opioid related hospital discharges in the County more than doubled.  From 2009 to 2014, prescription opioid and heroin deaths in the County increased by 38% and 217%, respectively.  

E. Infant and Child Mortality:  Since 2001, the infant mortality rate has been higher in the County than in the State and the African American rate is nearly three times that of Caucasians.

F. Sexually Transmitted Diseases:  Sexually transmitted disease reports increased steadily over the past 10 years in the Jurisdiction.  From 2006 to 2016 there was a 14% decrease in students who “always” used contraception, and a 10% increase in youth who “never” used contraception in the County.

G. Injuries:  The County has higher rates of injury-related emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations compared to the State.  The top cause of injury-related ED visits was falls for all ages.  The top causes of injury-related hospitalizations were cutting or piercing objects (ages 0-14), poisoning (ages 15-44), and falls for ages 45 and older. 

H. Personal Safety/Violence:  In 2017 there was an increase in the percentage of adults in the Jurisdiction reporting being afraid for personal safety and/or pushed, kicked, slapped or hit compared to 2009, 2012, and 2015. 

I. Child Abuse and Neglect:  In 2015, the County child victim rate was greater than the Milwaukee County rate and nearly double the State rate.  For substantiated maltreatment allegations, 77% were for neglect.

J. Chronic Diseases: From 2011 to 2015, heart disease and cancer accounted for over 60% of all deaths in the County.  The County’s top three types of cancer were: lung, breast, and prostate cancer. When comparing the rate of new cases (incidence) for these top three cancers, the County rate has been higher than the State.

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What assets & resources does our community have to address the top 5 issues you picked?