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Community Themes & Strength Assessment

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The Community Themes and Strengths Assessment analyzed community perceptions on health issues, risk factors, and quality of life in Evanston. It aimed to answer the question  "What is important to our community?", "How is quality of life perceived in our community?" and "What assets do we have that can be used to improve community health?"

To complete the Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, the Evanston Department of Health and Human Services disseminated an online survey to over 200 public health officials and community leaders in late April 2015. The survey asked about the perceptions of health in Evanston, as well as assets and barriers present in Evanston that affect community health.

The most popular responses collected in relation to health issues in Evanston included: mental health, violence in communities, access to care, affordable housing, and a lack of collaboration between agencies. The most popular responses to assets that Evanston has that can be used to improve health included: active and engaged residents, a large number of social service organizations, Northwestern University, and two hospitals. The most popular responses to barriers to improving health in Evanston included: a lack of cross-collaboration between agencies, funding, segregation, knowledge of services, and a lack of a comprehensive health plan. The responses are depicted in the word clouds below.


Responses to: What are the most important health issues that must be addressed to improve the health and quality of life in Evanston?

 Biggest issues


Responses to: Based on your experience, what assets does Evanston have that can be used to improve community health?

Health Assets


Responses to: Based on your experience, what are the barriers to improving health in Evanston?

Health Barriers


A summary of the process and survey results can be found in the CTSA Summary. A detailed list of all of the responses collected can be found at CTSA Detailed Results.




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