|Health Assessment Reveals Heart Disease, Diabetes and Obesity Are Top Issues
September 20, 2012
Doctors to Community: We have the Results of Your Checkup
Washington, D.C., September 21, 2012 - MedStar Health, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and an advisory task force of community leaders have completed work to identify the health priorities of neighborhoods surrounding the Hospital Center. The 2012 Community Health Assessment (CHA) ranks heart disease, diabetes and obesity as the chief issues facing residents.
• Public health data reveals heart disease is the leading cause of death in Ward 5.
• Nearly 16 percent of Ward 5 residents have diabetes—the highest rate citywide.
• 38 percent of Ward 5 residents are overweight. More than 31 percent are obese.
In addition to data, assessment organizers consulted residents, community leaders and public health officials on their health concerns and prescriptions for addressing them.
The Internal Revenue Service requires not-for-profit hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments every three years. In addition to regulatory compliance, the assessment provides a roadmap for MedStar Health and the Hospital Center to direct resources to address community needs. The hospital has already assisted in developing community-based programs that identify residents facing these health issues and direct them to care. Other programs are designed to inform and assist residents in preventing heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
The assessment “kickoff” is at Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. Family Life Community Center on Tues., Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. Coordinators will be on-site to provide residents with information on health programs and services targeting the assessment’s priorities.
View MedStar Washington Hospital Center's CHA report at:
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