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Weld County Community Health Survey examines trends in health care access, housing, obesity, and more

Posted on 11/13/2019
Person filling out surveyWeld County — Obesity, diabetes, housing insecurity, geographic location, and healthcare access affect some Weld County residents differently. Today, the Weld County Health Department officially launched its triennial Community Health Survey. The survey is being randomly sent to 10,000 residents, including an option to take the survey electronically. “The Community Health Survey is currently our best way of collecting population health data,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD MPH, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department. “Our population is expected to nearly double in the next decade. We and our partners need these data to plan programs and initiatives to keep Weld residents safe and healthy.”

The Community Health Survey is distributed every three years in Weld County. The survey data are used to develop a legislatively mandated Community Health Improvement Plan that all health departments within Colorado must address. Health officials request County residents who receive the survey to complete and return it as soon as possible.

Key findings from the previous Community Health Survey (2016) show:

• Weld County’s uninsured rate is 7%, down from 18% in 2007; however, over 50% of residents said the cost of health care was a reason for not getting needed treatment.
• The adult obesity rate is 31%, and the combined obesity and overweight rate is 66% (Nationally the rate is 65%, and the rate in Colorado is 58%).
• Diabetes is becoming more common in Colorado and on the rise in Weld County. Between 2007 and 2013, the diabetes rate increased by 40% from 6.4% to 8.9%. Currently the rate is 10%.
• Nearly 20% of residents said they were usually or always worried or stressed about paying mortgage or rent in the past 12 months.
• Distracted driving is a problem, with 41% of residents saying they text or email while driving.
• A very common theme for residents responding to the question “What suggestions do you have on ways to make Weld County a healthier place to live, work, and play?” was to have more parks, trails, and paths for walking and biking.