Cochise Health & Social Services launches a New Data Dashboard for Cochise County Residents

Just in Time for National Public Health Week, Residents Can Now Learn Insights on their Community Health 

 

A new website, (https://dashboards.mysidewalk.com/cochise-county-az-community-health-assessment/our-story), designed by Cochise Health & Social Services (CHSS) and mySidewalk, gives Cochise County residents insights into the social and economic drivers of health. At no time in recent history has attention to the root causes of poor health been so critical. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on Public Health; this comprehensive assessment takes the conversation beyond disease outcomes and explores the relationship between environments, behaviors, illness, and length of life.

The interactive dashboard gives Cochise County community members access to over 75 data indicators on health and allows residents to stay informed about what is happening in their neighborhoods. The graphs and maps are available for public download, and all the data is exportable in multiple formats.

“We are excited to be able to launch this dashboard during National Public Health Week!” says Alicia Thompson, Health Director of Cochise Health & Social Services. “The dashboard will be instrumental during our 2022 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement planning.”

Some compelling findings include:

  1. Behaviors, such as exercise, are shaped by the environment that a person experiences, such as living in a walkable community. The average walkability score for Cochise County residents is 6.4 out of 20. Physical activity helps residents to be healthier. 25 percent of Cochise County adults 20 years and older are physically inactive. Walkability can be increased by community participation in recreational walking paths and outdoor activities. 
  2. Women, Infants and Children is a program designed to help families access quality nutrition. Participation in WIC for eligible families may improve birth outcomes, breastfeeding rates, and children's cognitive development, increase nutrition density and prenatal care rates, and could even have a positive effect on immunization rates. Higher rates of farmers markets and grocery stores that accept WIC in a community contribute to both increased availability of affordable food options and a broader range of stores for families to choose from. 75 percent of all Farmers Markets and 39 percent of all markets in Cochise County accept WIC.
  3. 15 percent of adults in Cochise County are tobacco users. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general. People who smoke or chew tobacco are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung or oral cancers.
  4. 17 percent of Cochise County’s population live in poverty. Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of poor health. Poverty increases the chances of poor health. Poor health, in turn, traps communities in poverty. The cost of doctors’ fees, prescriptions, and transportation to reach a health provider can be devastating for families living in poverty.

Cochise County is a recipient of the 2020 Healthy Arizona Worksite Platinum Award and the 2019 Healthy Arizona Worksite Gold Award. Cochise Health & Social Services was also awarded a $50,000 grant by the Legacy Foundation to design and construct a walking path for the community.

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