Key Findings of the Community Health Needs Assessment

The significant health priorities for Anderson County, as determined by the data synthesis team, are the following:

  • Substance Abuse (including prescription drug abuse)
  • Obesity
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma

Strengths and Opportunities

Overall Health

Strengths

  • Anderson County ranks 34 out of 95 Tennessee Counties in health outcomes.
  • Anderson County ranks 24 out of 95 counties in health behaviors such as smoking, obesity and physical activity.

Opportunities

  • Anderson County ranks higher for excessive drinking (12% vs. 10%) than Tennessee overall

Quality of Life

Strengths

  • The violent crime rate in Anderson County is 70% less than the Tennessee state average.
  • 81% of respondents were satisfied to very satisfied with Anderson County as a place to raise a family

Opportunities

  • 25% of the children in Anderson County live in poverty
  • When asked to grade the health of Anderson County the grades ranged from a low of “F” to a high of B, the average grade being a C.

Healthy Behaviors

Strengths

  • Eighty seven percent of adults have been screened for diabetes.
  • HIV infection rates are 3 times less than the state average.

Opportunities

  • Deaths from motor vehicle accidents are significantly higher than the state of Tennessee average.
  • 24% of adults smoke, 31% are obese and 33% report being physically inactive.
  • 61% of the restaurants are fast food establishments
  • Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue as evidenced by the high number of drug addicted babies born in Anderson County.

Health Care

Strengths

  • Preventable hospital stays are significantly lower in Anderson County compared to the Tennessee rate - 55 compared to 83.
  • Sixty three percent of the respondents are satisfied to very satisfied with the health care resources in Anderson County.
  • Infant and child mortality are much lower in Anderson County compared to the state average.

Opportunities

  • Access to physicians accepting new TennCare/Medicaid patients continues to be a challenge in Anderson County.
  • Dental care access particularly for the low income is a significant issue.
  • The two main reasons given that keep people in Anderson County from seeking medical attention are, lack of knowledge about medical services that are available ( 36%) and inadequate transportation (35%).