The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) wants the communities input on the major health needs in Delaware.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) wants the communities input on the major health needs in Delaware.

DPH recently worked with non-profit and medical provider partners to create a draft statewide health assessment (SHA). The SHA is a careful examination of the health of our population which then is used to identify key problems and assets in Delaware.

There are four documents that comprise the SHA:

Communities Themes and Strengths Assessment- Provides an understanding of the issues felt important by answering the questions: "What is important to our community?" "How is the quality of life perceived in our community?" For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shactsa.pdf.Community Health Status Assessment – Identifies priority community health and quality of life issues. Questions: "How healthy are our residents?" and "What does the health status of our state look like?" For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shachsa.pdf.Forces of Change Assessment- Focuses on identifying forces such as technology and other impending changes that affect the context in which the state and its public health system operates. Questions: "What is occurring or might occur that impacts the health of our community?" and "What specific threats or opportunities are generated by these occurrences?" For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shafoca.pdf.Goal and Strategies- Based on the above assessments, broad strategies are identified for addressing issues and achieving goals related to the community's vision. For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shagasr.pdf.
All comments will run through Jan. 31. To open an form on which you can record and send your comments, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shaform.pdf. For more information, call (302) 744-4703.