In May 2012, Cape Girardeau County Health Center staff, other community members and attending members of the Board of Trustees, identified the three most significant problems affecting the health status of the population:
- Obesity Rate
- Increased rate of Smoking in County / Higher Rate of Smoking During Pregnancy
- Immunization Rates
Download their full report: Cape Girardeau County Health Assessment 2012
Every three years, the Health Center conducts an assessment of health status
indicators, fulfilling one of the Core Public Health Functions. The previous Community Health
Assessment reviewed data from 2006 / 2007 / 2008 and was compiled in 2009. The 2012
Community Health Assessment reviews data from 2009 / 2012/ and 2011 when available. It also
provides a comparison to the previous assessment per indicator when indicated.
Data from several different sources was analyzed, including but not limited to: Missouri Department
of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of
Education, www.cassas.org, www.missourieconomy.org, US Census, EPA, Missouri Department of
Public Safety. A complete listing of the resources is included at the end of this report.
Data was also reviewed from a nine county Regional Assessment conducted by East Missouri Action
Agency for the counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, Reynolds, St. Genevieve,
St. Francois, and Washington. When available local data was also used for comparisons.