The Community Health Assessment, conducted late 2012, evaluated the County’s demographics, general health, physical health, mental health, and social health. The top perceived physical health concerns included diabetes, overweight, and hypertension. The top perceived mental health concerns included substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and prescription drug abuse. The top perceived social health concerns included substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence. Comparatively, the top diagnosed physical health concerns were overweight, hypertension, and high cholesterol. The top diagnosed mental health concerns were depression, panic disorder, and alcohol abuse. The highest rate of impact of social health concerns were bullying, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy.
“As Gila County’s public health partner, we know our actions have a direct impact on our residents’ well being. And we take this privilege seriously. We serve nearly every county school, healthcare organization, and humane society, as well as seniors, new mothers, families, teens, and children with services that help them live safer, smarter, and better prepared lives. Indeed, everything we do is focused on “enriching our community.” Michael O’Driscoll , MPH Director, Health & Emergency Management