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Community Health Status

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Many people think of the health care system (clinical care) as the most important factor when discussing the health of a community, when in fact there are other important factors that determine the health of a community. The County Health Rankings model describes factors that make up a healthy community as 20 percent health care, 30 percent health behaviors (tobacco use, diet & exercise), 40 percent social and economic factors (income and education) and 10 percent environment (transportation and water quality). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) developed the County Health Ranking model to assess communities across the nation on the above-mentioned factors; these factors are scored and compared across the State and the Nation.

Community partners along with FDOH use this data to develop a community health needs assessment and a community health improvement plan. These two documents help guide the public health partnerships toward a common goal, making Escambia and Santa Rosa counties the healthiest in the State. So far in 2018, Escambia county is ranked 53 out of 67 counties. FDOH and our community partners continue to work together to improve the health of every Escambia county resident.

Community Health Needs Assessment 

To better understand the problems facing our community, a health assessment is completed every three years. The assessment includes input from residents, an analysis of data on death and illness, and discussions with community leaders to identify emerging trends and prioritize the most important community health issues.

Completed in December 2018, the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted by following the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework. Escambia and Santa Rosa counties adopted a unique approach by combining resources and reviewing health issues across both counties.

Community Health Needs Assessment 2019 (5.66 MB; pdf)

Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 (13.4 MB; pdf)


Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 

A summary of the 2016-2019 health assessment and priorities was published on the Florida Department of Health website and distributed to community organizations through email. Community members from both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were invited to participate in roundtable discussions to identify activities that would capitalize on the strengths in each community and address the gaps in services and barriers to optimal health. More than 100 people attended the roundtable discussions. Once the priorities were finalized, work groups with representatives from both counties were formed to identify community resources and develop specific goals and objectives around the common priorities of unhealthy weight, tobacco use, and infant mortality. The CHIP is reviewed and updated every year during the 3-year active cycle; the workgroups are consistently evaluating their efforts to ensure progress towards meeting goals.  The next CHIP is currently in development and is expected to be completed by December 2019 for implementation beginning January 2020. Focus groups and collective action networks will be assembled throughout the two-county area over the next 6 months.

FDOH Escambia Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2016-2019 (1.31 MB; pdf)

Visit FloridaCHARTS for more information about county health status in Florida.

Location & Contact Information 

Fairfield Service Center
1295 West Fairfield Drive
Pensacola, FL 32501

The Community Health Planning office is open
Monday – Friday
8 AM to 5 PM.

Call 850-595-6500, Extension: 1801 for more information.