Healthy Lucas County is a collaboration of community organizations working to improve the health of all residents in Lucas County, Ohio. We’re especially focused on addressing the needs of residents living in low-income areas and lessening health disparities to help everyone live to their fullest potential.
Healthy Lucas County is supported by Fostering Healthy Communities, a coalition of ProMedica, Mercy Health and the University of Toledo Medical Center. Other local funding partners include the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, United Way of Greater Toledo and Live Well Greater Toledo. A list of our partners can be found here.
Community Health Assessment
Established in 1999, Healthy Lucas County performs a community health assessment every three years. The 2016/2017 Lucas County Community Health Assessment with data about children, youth and adults was released in September 2017. For the first time, Healthy Lucas County also released more detailed reports on the health and well-being of African American and Latino residents.
This booklet includes highlights, infographics and trend summaries from the assessment. This is the presentation deck from our overall county briefing, and this is the presentation deck with findings for our African American and Latino communities.
Our infographics help explain some of the assessment’s findings, including this one about conditions affecting the health of Lucas County residents, also known as social determinants of health. (Click on the infographic for a printable PDF.)
Please click the links below to view other infographics in the series:
Health Improvement Plan
In the next several months, Healthy Lucas County will hold meetings to assess Lucas County’s health needs, determine available resources, address gaps, and establish community health improvement priorities and action steps. These discussions will result in Healthy Lucas County’s 2018-2020 Lucas County Community Health Improvement Plan, which will incorporate policies, environmental strategies and programs to address Lucas County’s most critical needs. The health improvement plan also is expected to support and align with Ohio’s 2017-2019 State Health Improvement Plan.
2018-2020 Lucas County Community Health Improvement Meeting Schedule
Thursday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon, United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St.
Thursday, November 16, 8:30 a.m. to noon, United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St.
Tuesday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. to noon, United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St.
Thursday, January 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon, location to be finalized
Thursday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon, location to be finalized
The Healthy Lucas County collaboration has a number of ongoing initiatives. Healthy Lucas County’s chronic disease prevention and management team, for example, is increasing smoke-free housing, improving healthy food choices in corner stores, and helping low-income residents get connected to medical and social services to improve their health.
The chronic disease prevention and management team was partially funded by a three-year Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant was awarded to the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, and partners include the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, Live Well Greater Toledo and the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.
Want to be healthier? Here are some baby steps that we all can take.