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:


ImmunizationsChildhood Immunizations
82.0% of children in Indiana aged 19 to 35 months were up to date for immunizations according to the National Immunization Survey.
Flu Shots
Elderly adults, as well as high-risk non-elderly adults, in Northwest Indiana are less likely to receive a flu shot than their national counterparts.

Access to Healthcare

HealthcareBarriers to Access
Although Northwest Indiana respondents as a whole report less difficulty accessing healthcare (namely acquiring appointments with physicians) than found nationwide, African American respondents, as well as those living below or near the poverty level, are more likely to report difficulty accessing healthcare. Cost of physician visits is the only tested barrier that appears to impact an above-average share of Northwest Indiana adults as a whole.
Emergency Room Services
Northwest Indiana respondents living in poverty and African American respondents are much more likely to utilize emergency room services.


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