Community Health Needs Assessment

Last updated: February 28, 2018

The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Reports present data and key factors impacting the health of Anne Arundel County residents, and they serve as the foundation for the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition’s strategic planning.

* NEW! 2015 Report.  A joint undertaking led by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Anne Arundel Medical Center and University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, in collaboration with the County Mental Health Agency and the County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. Download the 2015 Report now.

The Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition greatly values the input of community members on our Community Health Needs Assessment and Action Plan. Inputs from the public are valuable in strengthening existing documents or designing our next three-year assessment and planning cycle. If you have any comments or ideas you’d like to share with the Coalition’s planning and assessment subcommittee, please send the subcommittee an email at

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.

Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency Partnership for Childaren, Youth and Families

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.

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.

Community Health Needs Assessment Downloads

CHNA Final Report

CHNA Presentation Summary

Updated: February 28, 2018 — 5:05 pm
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