McHenry County Department of Health - Health Administration
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Strategic Planning

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HCS Logo - Working together for a healthier McHenry CountyThe “health” of a community extends far beyond the traditional view focused on select health measures and availability of medical resources.  Rather, a healthy community encompasses a broad range of community characteristics that define the ingredients of a healthy place to live.  With this vision in mind, every four years a McHenry County Healthy Community Study is conducted with the intent to understand and address the county’s most pressing needs, involving partners from diverse organizations, in order to improve the health of County residents. 

A thorough understanding of the County’s health was measured using three or more assessments – each from a different perspective including residents, populations in need of services, community leaders, and descriptors using secondary data sources.  Through the assessments, knowledge was gained about the current health status of county residents, demographic trends, social and economic indicators, health behaviors, and utilization of health services.  The assessments also attempted to understand the perceptions of community strengths and weaknesses as well as answer questions about the health and human services delivery system, unmet needs, gaps, and barriers to care.


2017 Healthy Community Study Presentation

  • Community Analysis Presentation [PDF]
  • Focus Group Presentation [PDF]
  • Survey Presentation [PDF]
  • Priorities [PDF]

    2017 Healthy Community Study    

  • Healthy Community Summary [PDF] 
  • Community Analysis [PDF]  
  • Household Survey [PDF]  
  • Focus Groups [PDF] 

    2014 Healthy Community Study



    _iplanlogo10 The Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) is a community health assessment and planning process that is conducted every five years by local health jurisdictions in Illinois.  Based on the needs assessment (Healthy Community Study), IPLAN is ground in the core functions of public health and addresses public health practice standards. Completion of IPLAN fulfills one of the requirements for Local Health Department certification under the Illinois Administrative Code Section 600.400.