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:

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.
Suicide death rates for all three counties combined compare favorably to national rates; however, suicide death rates are higher than average in Porter County.

Mental Health and Mental Disorders NW IN US HP2010 Significance vs. U.S. Significance vs. HP2010
% >3 Days/Month Did Not Get Enough Rest/Sleep 64.3 54.2   WORSE  
% Depressed Persons Seeking Help 43 40.7 50 similar Does NOT Meet Goal
% >3 Days/Month Poor Mental Health 19.6 18.7   similar  
% Prolonged Depression (2+ Yrs) 22.9 22.1   similar  
% Major Depression 8.4 8.5   similar  
Age-Adjusted Suicide Deaths/100,000 10.7 10.9 5 BETTER Does NOT Meet Goal


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Michigan City, IN 46361


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