Community Health Assessment
A comprehensive, systematic look at health in the Farmington Valley Health District.
High educational attainment and low poverty rates combined with expansive health insurance coverage and low rates of chronic disease contribute to overall health in the Farmington Valley.
Mental health and substance use in the FVHD were health issues even before the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to be a growing concern. Evidence-based approaches can teach resilience, decrease stigma, and train community members to recognize mental health challenges.
Nearly 60% of residents in the Farmington Valley are overweight or obese. This will continue to have chronic disease implications for years to come.
Only about half of our population reports getting a flu shot every year. Together, we can break down barriers to getting vaccinated.
Almost 20% of our community is 65 years and older. 33% of this age group reported having fallen in the past year. With accidents as the third leading cause of death in the Farmington Valley and falls accounting for one-third of these deaths, fall prevention initiatives are critical.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that seeps into homes through cracks in foundations. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in non-smokers. Testing is necessary to detect elevated radon levels and abatement is available.