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.
The HIV death rate in Northwest Indiana is more than twice that found nationwide.
Responsible Sexual Behavior NW IN US HP2010 Significance vs. U.S. Significance vs. HP2010
Age-Adjusted HIV Deaths/100,000 10 4.9 0.7 WORSE Does NOT Meet Goal
% Births to Teenagers 11.8 10.7   WORSE  
% Tested for HIV in Past Yr (18-64) 24.3 21.3   similar  
% Never-Married Adults (18-44) Using Condoms 51.2 57.3 50 similar indeterminable
Primary & Secondary Syphilis Incidence/100,000 1.4 2.44 0.2 BETTER Does NOT Meet Goal
Chlamydia Incidence/100,000 240.9 296.55   BETTER  
Gonorrhea Incidence/100,000 112.9 125.03 19 BETTER Does NOT Meet Goal


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Michigan City, IN 46361


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