Community Health Needs Assessment

Assessment Overview

CHNA Overview

The research and survey included:


Key Community Strengths for Anne Arundel County

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Child Health
: Overall, the infant mortality rate in the County is slightly lower than both the Maryland and the U.S. rates.

Health Insurance: The County has more individuals with health insurance (91.6%) than both the state and nation.

Injury, Violence and Crime: The County has a lower homicide rate and accidental death rate than the state and nation.

STIs: Overall, incidence rates of sexually transmitted illnesses are lower than the state and nation.

Income and Education: The County has a higher percentage of its population in the labor force than Maryland and the U.S. Overall, the County has a greater percentage of highly educated residents than both the state and nation.

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Community Health Needs Assessment

In 2012, the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition partnered with Holleran, a national health care research firm, to perform a comprehensive countywide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA was a joint undertaking of the Coalition, led by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Anne Arundel Health System and Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

The purpose of the CHNA was to gather information about the health needs and health behaviors of Anne Arundel County residents. The needs assessment will help guide the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition in developing and implementing strategies to improve the health status of County residents. The CHNA will also be a useful resource for health care providers, social service organizations, community and faith-based organizations, educational institutions and individuals.


Healthy People, Healthy County

Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition


The Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition would like to thank the focus group participants, area professionals and researchers who helped to provide information for the CHNA.



Areas of Opportunity for Health Improvement

Obesity/Overweight: Nearly 68% of County adults are obese or overweight.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse: The County suicide rate is above the state rate. The percentage of County adults who consume alcohol on a regular basis and who binge drink far exceeds state and national figures.

Cancer: The incidence and mortality rates for lung and bronchus cancer and melanoma are higher in the County than in the U.S. and Maryland.

Chronic Illnesses: Mortality rates for heart disease and diabetes exceed the state and national rates.

Health Disparities : The mortality rate for African-American residents is 801.6 compared to 766.5 among white residents. The County’s Hispanic/Latino population is among the most underserved.

* The Coalition is focusing on (1) obesity prevention and (2) management of substance abuse and mental health as co-occurring disorders for its health improvement priorities from 2012 to 2015.