Central District Health Department has launched a new website to provide families and other organizations with information about various community health issues.
As a member of the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, CDHD has created a website as part of the Network of Care for Public Health and Wellness. The network is designed to provide the most up-to-date health information for a specific coverage area.
The website includes county level statistics about key health indicators, wellness education, information about health issues and medical care, news and links to local and national support groups.
CDHD Health Director Teresa Anderson explained how it works: "An individual or organization can, for instance, look up an indicator, such as lung cancer and find out if their county statistics for this disease are better or worse than those in other areas of the state or nation. If they find there is concern about their county's incidence of lung cancer, they can then look up risk factors, such as smoking rates and air quality, for their county on the same site."
She says having all of the information available will help healthcare organizations, policymakers and others develop priorities and direct resources to have the largest impact in their communities.
"The Network of Care will provide us with a ready source – a complete and current site where we can go, and where others in the community can go – to get current statistics and numbers to guide their work," Anderson added. "It will allow us to display local, state and nationally acquired data in an easily understood and immediately accessible manner."