UP Community Health Needs Assessment

The health data reports that can be viewed and downloaded at the links below contain findings from the regional community health needs assessment conducted in 2017-2018 by Western U.P. Health Department in collaboration with 31 community partners listed below, including all six U.P. health departments, hospitals and clinics, behavioral health agencies, regional planners, health foundations, and major funder the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The assessment covers the 15 counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the rural, rugged and remote home to more than 300,000 residents.

Data for the community health needs assessment were gathered from a wide array of published sources, from a survey of 4,820 residents of the 15 counties, and from health care providers. External, or secondary, data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau and its American Community Survey, as well as statistics compiled by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government and private agencies.

The regional adult health survey was the most ambitious and unique element of this project. A shortcoming of national and state health surveys is that the samples are designed to represent the national or state population as a whole. This means that in small population cohorts, like Upper Peninsula counties, not enough residents are included in the sample to make reasonable annual estimates at the county level. The addition of local survey data to this report helps us understand the health needs of our residents more thoroughly and measure changes over time.

The survey was patterned after the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey conducted by the CDC and state health departments. In consultation with our partners, additional topics were included in the local survey, including questions on mental health, substance abuse, access to care, dementia and elder care, and a section for ranking the perceived importance of 16 broad community health issues.

Western U.P. Health Department thanks the many people and organizations who backed this project and generously contributed their time and encouragement. And above all, a debt of gratitude is owed the nearly 5,000 U.P. residents who completed the lengthy health survey in the service of improving community health. May we honor their contributions by working together for healthier communities.

Links to Assessment Documents
Below are links to the full 350-page report, and to 15 County Dashboards, which are 2-page summaries of health data at the county level. The County Dashboards can be printed, two-sided and in color, and used as handouts at focus groups and community meetings.

Upper Peninsula Community Health Needs Assessment-2018 Second Edition Published 8/23/18

Alger County Health Data 2018

Baraga County Health Data 2018

Chippewa County Health Data 2018

Delta County Health Data 2018

Dickinson County Health Data 2018

Gogebic County Health Data 2018

Houghton County Health Data 2018

Iron County Health Data 2018

Keweenaw County Health Data 2018

Luce County Health Data 2018

Mackinac County Health Data 2018

Marquette County Health Data 2018

Menominee County Health Data 2018

Ontonagon County Health Data 2018

Schoolcraft County Health Data 2018

Partner Acknowledgements
This report brings together data and analysis from a regional community health needs assessment led by Western U.P. Health Department in conjunction with all other U.P. local public health departments and 26 additional partners who care deeply about the health of the Upper Peninsula’s more than 300,000 residents.

All partners, including the project’s largest funder, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, have contributed their energy, ideas and dollars to make this regional health needs assessment possible on an unprecedented scale – across 15 counties. The partners are listed alphabetically below:

Aspirus Iron River Hospital Aspirus Ironwood Hospital Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
Central U.P. Planning & Development Regional Commission Chippewa County Health Department Copper Country Community Mental Health Dickinson County Healthcare System
Dickinson-Iron District Health Department Gogebic County Community Mental Health Helen Newberry Joy Hospital Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department
Marquette County Health Department Michigan Health Endowment Fund Michigan Technological University Munising Memorial Hospital
Northcare Network Northpointe Behavioral Health Systems OSF St. Francis Hospital Pathways Community Mental Health
Public Health of Delta & Menominee Counties Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Superior Health Foundation Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center
Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions Upper Peninsula Health Group Upper Peninsula Health Plan U.P. Health System-Bell
U.P. Health System-Marquette U.P. Health System-Portage War Memorial Hospital Western U.P. Health Department

This report is intended to inform health practitioners, planners, policymakers, and the public. It can be read as a snapshot of the region’s health status and used to identify priorities for community health improvement. If knowledge is power, it is hoped that this report will empower citizens and health care professionals alike to work effectively for improved health and wellbeing in the Upper Peninsula.