The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center completes a Community Health Assessment and a Community Health Improvement Plan every five years in order to identify county-wide priority areas to focus on for the next five years. These assessments also serves  as a resource for identifying and planning service delivery, program planning, and fiscal obligations.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and its governing Board of Trustees collaborated with community partners and residents to complete the 2018 Community Health Assessment of Cape Girardeau County. The 2018 Community Health Assessment contains baseline and trended data from a variety of sources including the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Kids Count, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Census Bureau Data Center, County Health Rankings, and other state and local data reports. In addition, a Community Health Assessment Survey was distributed to Cape Girardeau County residents to provide them the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the major risk factors and health issues facing them and the county.

This report examines rates and occurrences between local, state, and national for key health status indicators as well as year to year comparisons for Cape Girardeau County. In instances where indicators reveal Cape Girardeau County is faring worse than the region and the state, particular attention is paid to the importance of that health indicator being a public health priority issue. When indicators show that the rate for Cape Girardeau County is similar or slightly better than state rates, but when compared to the U.S. as a whole is still faring worse, it is also viewed as a public health priority. 

2018 Cape Girardeau County Public Center Health Priorities:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Wellness and Prevention
    1. Substance Abuse
    2. Obesity: Adult and Childhood
    3. Smoking
    4. Dental Health
    5. Chronic Disease Care
  3. Access to Healthcare
    1. Transportation

After the Community Health Assessment is completed and Priority Issues are identified the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, along with stakeholders in the community, created a plan to address these issues. This report is know as a Community Health Improvement Plan. The intent of the plan is to outline goals, objectives, and strategies for the identified priority issues and to be utilized as a guide to improving the health of all residents.