Live Healthy Loudoun
New Community Health Dashboard Launched
A new online resource to provide accurate and timely data, best practices, and other information to promote health and well-being in Loudoun County was launched at the Loudoun Health Council on February 9, 2017.
The Community Health Dashboard, tracks more than 100 key health and quality of life indicators across different topics, including health, economy, education, environment, government and politics, public safety, social environment and transportation. It also allows users to look up promising practices, create customized reports and search for funding opportunities for community-level programs that can address the root causes of health disparities.
With the dashboard, users can:
- Access social, health and demographic data by topic or geographic location within Loudoun County
- Find data broken down by age, gender, and race/ethnicity, where available
- View multiple health indicators at once, or a single indicator across multiple locations, including by zip code, county or census tract
- Compare county indicators to the national targets identified in Healthy People 2020
- Link to similar dashboards in neighboring jurisdictions
- Build customized reports on health topics of interest
Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships (MAPP)
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, this framework helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. MAPP is not an agency-focused assessment process; rather, it is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems. More information about MAPP is available online and through the Health Department.
On June 1, 2008, Loudoun County embarked on its first major community public health needs assessment. In 2018, Loudoun County partnered with Inova Loudoun Hospital on a joint community health assessment (CHA). In 2019, the county completed its third assessment, utilizing the National Association for County and City Health Official's MAPP planning tool, to identify what our community sees as the key determinants of health and wellness, how Loudoun stacks up in those areas, and outline a course of action to best meet the needs of all our residents. This assessment supports Loudoun County's 2018 Human Services Strategic Plan (PDF).
While Loudoun County is relatively healthy overall, community members have significant differences in health outcomes depending on race, gender, age, income, ZIP code and education. The top health issues identified in Loudoun, listed alphabetically, are: chronic conditions; economic stability; healthcare access; immunizations and infectious disease; injury and violence; mental health; neighborhood and built environment; oral health; and tobacco and substance use.
Please email us if you have any questions or comments about this process or if you would like more detailed information about any specific part of the assessment results.