Cancer remains a Columbiana County health priority

Health partners in Columbiana County are working to find ways to meet the health needs of the county. They have looked at data and information provided by CDC, the state of Ohio, local health departments, hospitals, community surveys, focus groups including vulnerable populations, the coroner’s office, Child Fatality Review Board, and others to complete the county’s 2019 Community Health Assessment. They have also utilized the Ohio 2016 State Health Assessment as a guide to determine the health needs of the county.The health partners include: the Columbiana County Health Department, Salem Regional Medical Center, East Liverpool City Hospital, Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Columbiana County Education Service Center, the Salem City Health Department, the City of East Liverpool Health Department, Akron Children’s Hospital, Columbiana County Family and Children’s First Council and the Ohio State University Extension Service.

The county health assessment has a four-fold purpose: assess the health status and needs of the community, identify factors that affect population health, determine existing resources to improve health status and facilitate development of evidence-based interventions and measurable outcomes. In Columbiana County, There are 2,250 patients to each primary care provider, 4,120 patients to each dentist and 1,160 clients to each mental health provider, according to this report.

There is a lack of providers to meet the needs for specialists, OB/GYNs, dental care, mental health providers, no local maternity unit, and very limited inpatient psychiatric services in Columbiana County which makes transportation an issue for vulnerable persons who may not be able to travel to those providers outside of the county

The state health assessment listed the top 10 health needs in the state: ,cancer mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic disease (unspecified), maternal and infant health, tobacco, and access to health care/medical care.

The county health partners will prioritize chronic disease (including cancer), and mental health and substance use along with obesity in current and future planning activities as part of a coordinated approach to collectively address the community’s health needs.

The assessment considered the populations at greatest risk and in the county, vulnerable populations are identified as those living in poverty/socioeconomically disadvantaged, Appalachian culture, children/youth, elderly, and those facing ethnic and literacy barriers.

Cancer continues to be a state and local public health issue with the mortality rate for all cancers at176 cases per 100,000 people. Obesity, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are also major health concerns thatcontribute to diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

The goal of the health partners is to collect data, identify health needs and implement or continue services for better health outcomes in the county. The health needs assessment and the health improvement plan are posted online at the Columbiana County Health Department website, www.columbiana-health.org.

The Columbiana County Health Department is located at 7360 S.R. 45, Lisbon. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 330-424-0272.