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:

Responsible Sexual Behavior

Responsible SexFamily Planning
By county, Lake and LaPorte counties have higher percentages of births to teens than found nationwide.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Incidence rates for primary and secondary syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea are lower in Northwest Indiana than seen nationwide.

Mental Health

Mental Health Depression
More than one out of five Northwest Indiana adults report experiencing periods of chronic depression lasting two or more years, similar to the national finding.
Adults in Northwest Indiana are more likely to report not getting enough rest or sleep in the past month compared to their national counterparts.

Injury and Violence

Injury and ViolenceMotor Vehicle Crashes
The combined three-county motor vehicle death rate is worse than the national rate, attributable to relatively high rates in LaPorte and Porter counties.
Bicycle Safety
Compared to kids nationwide, children in Northwest Indiana are much less likely to wear bicycle helmets.

Environmental Quality

EnvironmentAir Quality Index
LaPorte County has a significantly greater number of good air quality days compared to Porter and Lake County.
Perceptions of Air Quality
Northwest Indiana residents are less likely to give their community favorable ratings for air quality compared to national benchmarks.


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Michigan City, IN 46361


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