Community Health

The Community Health Needs are assessed every three years through a systematic, data-driven approach to determine the health status, behaviors and needs of Pottawattamie County residents. This identifies opportunities and challenges for government agencies, community organizations, and health care providers to modify policy to improve health and quality of life.

The 2021 assessment was conducted in partnership with Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass Counties in Nebraska to obtain both local and metro-area data.  These health departments have been partnering with the United Way of the Midlands, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, and the Wellbeing Partners (previously Live Well Omaha) to delve deeper into the data and listen to residents, businesses, agencies, schools, and faith communities. 

Across the board, Mental Health came up as the top concern both locally and regionally. The Community Health Improvement Plan is currently being developed and will address Mental Health in our community.  A Steering Committee made up of local residents, mental health professionals, and partner organizations is working together to design a strategic response to support the mental health of all. To reduce stigma when experiencing mental health challenges or diagnoses. To reduce the feeling of being isolated.  To increase community support of mental health. To connect to resources.

Pottawattamie County Community Health Improvement Plan 2023-2025


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Health: that optimal state of physical, mental, and environmental well-being that is a right and responsibility of all residents of Pottawattamie County.