Significant Health Need

Healthy Spirit: Substance Abuse-Among the assessed counties, Elkhart has the largest proportion of Adults that “both report that they currently smoke every day or most days and have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime”, with 20.7%. The Adult Smoking rate for all three counties is higher than the National rate (17%), but lower than the State of Indiana rate (21.1%). The Healthy People program of the ODPHP5 has set as national target to reduce tobacco use by adults to 12% by 2020. The drug overdose mortality rate increase from 2014 to 2016 has been the largest in SJC, from 13.5 to 22.30. Although their rates are lower than SJC, EC (11.90, 12.30) and MC (7.79, 9.25) have also experienced increases. From 2014 to 2016, the Excessive Drinking rate increase was similarly highest in SJC (15.6-2014, 19.47-2016) . This rate also increased in EC (15.5, 15.71) and MC (16.2, 17.23). SJC’s rate was also higher than IN (18.0).

Priority Focus 1: Number of persons with overdoses admitted to hospitals or emergency departments.

Priority Focus 2: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) prevention.

Priority Focus 3: Number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Programs

The Aging in Place (AIP) program provides health oversight and education, community resource navigation and social activities, helping the residents to live healthy, productive and independent lives....

A Community Plunge is a small event where executive, stakeholders, and community leaders come together to learn about an issue affecting the community and work together to come up with actionable solutions....

DRUMBEAT is a program provided by the ARC Alliance for youth at the Juvenile Justice Center....

The Mary Morris Leighton Lecture, an annual event organized by Beacon Community Health and sponsored by the Leighton-Oare Foundation, brings the opportunity of sharing health and wellness information with our community....