Our Focus

DHC has chosen to focus on areas identified in the 2005 Epidemiology Report.
The Epidemiological Report, a report on the health concerns of Northwest Indiana and an assessment of community health in Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties, is a systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the region. The assessment provided the information needed to consider when developing effective interventions so that DHC could identify issues of greatest concern and decide to commit resources to those areas, thereby making the greatest possible impact on our community health status.
Learn more about our areas of concern:

Physical Activity

Physical ActivityActivity Levels
Compared to activity levels nationwide, Northwest Indiana area adults are less likely to engage in physical activity, including light/moderate physical activity, vigorous physical activity or any type of leisure-time activity.

Overweight and Obesity

More area residents are overweight than seen nationwide. Similarly, more area residents are at an unhealthy weight than average Americans.
Northwest Indiana residents are less likely to consume fruits and vegetables compared to their national counterparts.

Tobacco Use

TobaccoTobacco Use
Tobacco use in Northwest Indiana is very high, as reflected in indicators measuring current smokers, households with a smoker, and children exposed to smoke in their home.
Lung Cancer
Compared to the national rate, the lung cancer death rate is higher in Northwest Indiana.

Substance Abuse

Substance AbuseSubstance Abuse
Northwest Indiana residents are more likely to binge drink (consume five or more alcoholic beverages on a single occasion) than adults nationwide.
Cirrhosis/Liver Disease Deaths
The Northwest Indiana death rate for cirrhosis/liver disease is higher than the national rate, attributable to a comparatively high rate in Lake County.


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