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DPH Invites Public Comment on Delaware Statewide Health Assessment

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is seeking input from Delawareans on a draft version of a statewide assessment identifying the primary health needs of First State residents. DPH worked with a broad range of non-profit and medical partners, and community-based and government agencies to create the draft Statewide Health Assessment (SHA) document.

The SHA is an examination of the health of our population. Data gathering for a needs assessment to develop this document began in 2016. The data, pulled from a variety of sources including focus groups, were used to identify local and statewide trends for the identification and prioritization of strategies. The ultimate goal of a SHA is to develop strategies to address critical health needs and identify challenges and assets in the state in a comprehensive way.

All results were compiled and analyzed collectively to paint a collective picture of Delaware's health. This comprehensive process yielded the following four top-level priority areas of focus:
  • Chronic Disease: specifically - heart disease, diabetes, and asthma
  • Maternal and Child Health: specifically - teen pregnancy, premature births, and low birth weight
  • Substance Use/Misuse: specifically - the opioid epidemic, accidental overdose, and smoking/e-cigarette use
  • Mental Health: specifically - mental health diagnoses (especially in youth), suicide/suicidal ideations, and impact of trauma.
The plan is posted at Comments can be submitted at The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Read more.