This year’s report provides information on Chesapeake’s health status, as compared against state benchmarks. Perhaps more importantly, in most cases the data is presented within the context of a five-year trend line to make it clear whether the status is improving or getting worse. Although Chesapeake compares favorably in many health categories, we continue to face challenges in several areas including: health insurance coverage, number of people who smoke, obesity, motor vehicle-related death rate, birth outcomes, sexually transmitted disease rates, and drug-related and firearmrelated death rates. Significant local initiatives have been launched to address some of the most compelling health challenges, such as chronic disease case management, and baby care. In addition, we were instrumental in bringing the federally qualified Chesapeake Community Health Center to our city. It is a primary care provider that serves persons of all income levels and as of July 2, 2012 is located at 490 Liberty Street. Clearly, there are many health challenges that we must face as a community. Most require individuals to make lifestyle choices to protect and improve their own health. Other improvements will require societal action and perhaps policy change. The health of a community is contingent on the health of its individual citizens and impacts economic stability, educational progress and family unity. The staff of the Chesapeake Health District is committed to working with all stakeholders in an effort to make Chesapeake a healthier place to live, work and play. We are committed to creating a Chesapeake environment conducive to healthy lifestyles. Please click on the following documents to read this year's report.
Nancy M. Welch, MD, MHA, MBA Health Director