The Health Assessment and Evaluation (HAE) team at Clark County Public Health works to develop a comprehensive understanding of health in our community and to translate data into action by:
- Utilizing data from many sources including public health, social services, healthcare and the community.
- Monitoring data on leading causes of diseases and deaths, health behaviors and social factors influencing health.
- Identifying trends, disparities, and emerging health issues, including supporting emergency response.
- Developing community partnerships to disseminate community health information and address priority health issues.
- Guiding program and policy development, implementation and evaluation.
- Providing technical assistance to community partners on data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination.
Our work is guided by the Clark County Public Health strategic vision for active, resilient and healthy families and people of all ages, abilities and cultures living, learning, working and playing in thriving communities.
What promotes good health?
Access to things that promote health are not distributed evenly across our communities. What neighborhood we live in, our family income, access to employment opportunities, and our experiences of trauma and discrimination all impact our ability to get the things we need to live our healthiest lives. For example, living in a neighborhood with few or no food stores selling affordable, fresh food makes it challenging to prepare nutritious meals, especially on a limited budget.
Equity impacts health
Clark County Public Health works to ensure everyone has access to what they need to support good health, regardless of where they live, work and play. This means recognizing and accommodating specific needs in different communities because health is not one-size-fits-all. We all have different circumstances that affect our health. Thinking the same approach to good health will work universally is like expecting everyone to be able to thrive in the same community conditions.