Community Health Assessment

Healthy Jeffco

Please visit Healthy Jeffco to view the most recent updated 2014 to 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan and relevant data from the data portal. Healthy Jeffco is a network of over 300 community partners working collectively to make Jefferson County a healthier place to live, work, play and age.

Community Health Assessment & Plan

Every three years, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), in collaboration with the Jefferson County Board of Health, Lutheran Medical Center, St Anthony’s Hospital, and numerous community partners, organizations and government agencies, undergoes a comprehensive community health improvement planning process resulting in a Jefferson County Community Health Assessment and a Community Health Improvement Plan. JCPH is currently undergoing this process – to review the data currently available, click here.

2013 Community Health Assessment

Jefferson County, with a growing population of 558,503 residents, includes urban, suburban, and rural areas. County residents are generally well-educated and have a high median income. However, despite an overall decrease in poverty rates, poverty levels are increasing among households with children. View county demographics.

While the county has many assets, a 2013 Jefferson County Community Health Assessment revealed that chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers are the leading causes of death in the county, and that these leading causes of death are linked to five common risk factors: poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and exposure, alcohol use and chronic psychosocial stress.

Health Assessment Highlights

  • From 2001 to 2010, there was a 59% increase in obesity rates among adults.
  • From 2001 to 2010, there was an 89% increase in diabetes among adults.
  • From 2001 to 2010, there was a 30% decrease in adults who smoke.
  • From 2001 to 2010, there was a decrease in cancer and cardiovascular disease deaths.
  • People in Jefferson County are generally healthy.
  • Jefferson County is becoming older and more ethnically diverse.