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Community Health Data and Planning

The Thumb Community Health Partnership collects and reviews data that allow the partners to understand the strengths of the community, health protective factors, and health risks experienced by residents.  Review of data enables partners to create solutions to build a healthier community. In 2019, through a planning grant from the Office of Rural Health Policy, the partnership prioritized Behavioral Health and Obesity Related Chronic Disease for focus and action. The partnership created a dashboard to help monitor progress including growth of the network, system changes, and health outcome indicators.  Dashboard Data is summarized in the tables below.  The Michigan Thumb Public Health Alliance on behalf of the Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola County Health Departments has released a new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for 2022-2024

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[1] County Health Rankings ( - Health outcome rank among 84 Michigan counties with #1 having the best outcomes.

[2] Years of Potential Life Lost (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; - Age Adjusted Rate/100,000- Years of life lost based on deaths among residents under age 75.

[3] Death from Suicide Rates (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) - Suicide Mortality Trends,  Age Adjusted Rate/100,00

[4] Ever been told they have depression (Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey) - Percent of residents self reporting that they have ever been told they had depression.

[5] Mental Health Provider Rate ( - The rate of people for each mental health provider.  Higher indicates less access to providers

[6] *7th, 9th, 11th grade youth that felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities (past 12 months)-Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MIPHY ) Not available for Michigan or Lapeer.  Pandemic disrupted 2020 data collection.  2022 data only available for Huron and Tuscola.

[7] Diabetes prevalence (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) - Diabetes Mortality Trends, Age Adjusted Rate/100,000y

[8] BMI Rates- Youth (Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth) - % of 7th, 9th, 11th grade students over 85% of weight (overweight or obese). 

[9] Physical Activity- youth (MIPHY) - % of students physically active for at least 60 minutes per day on five or more of the past seven days. 

[10] BMI Rates- Adults (Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey) - Percentage of residents with a healthy weight

[11] Physical Activity- adults (Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey) - Percentage of residents that report no leisure time activity

[12] Thumb Community Health Partnership Meeting Evaluations, Network Member Assessment, Partner Profile Spreadsheet

[13] 6/30/2021 Program: Man Therapy; 6/30/2022 Programs: Man Therapy, Women to Women, Listen to Your Body Awareness Campaign, Health Insurance Navigator Program, Job Bulletin, Partner Recruitment Videos.

[14] analytics

[15] Regional Behavioral Health Survey Report – Surveys conducted with three target groups in March 2021.  Three target groups were medical providers, behavioral health providers, and community members

Other Forms of Data Collection

This assessment was conducted in order to better understand the behavioral health needs of the region and to promote an integrated approach to meeting those needs.  This report will serve as a launch pad for important discussions and making decisions about solutions-- solutions which recognize a healthy body and mind are critical to overall wellness.

2021 County Community Health Needs Presentations