UP Community Health Needs Assessment

The health data reports that can be viewed and downloaded at the links below contain findings from the regional community health needs assessment conducted in 2017-2018 through a cross-jurisdictional sharing agreement including all six U.P. health departments,  in collaboration with 31 community partners listed below,  hospitals and clinics, behavioral health agencies, regional planners, health foundations, and major funder the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The assessment covers the 15 counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the rural, rugged and remote home to more than 300,000 residents.

Data for the community health needs assessment were gathered from a wide array of published sources, from a survey of 4,820 residents of the 15 counties, and from health care providers. External, or secondary, data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau and its American Community Survey, as well as statistics compiled by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government and private agencies.

The regional adult health survey was the most ambitious and unique element of this project. A shortcoming of national and state health surveys is that the samples are designed to represent the national or state population as a whole. This means that in small population cohorts, like Upper Peninsula counties, not enough residents are included in the sample to make reasonable annual estimates at the county level. The addition of local survey data to this report helps us understand the health needs of our residents more thoroughly and measure changes over time.

The survey was patterned after the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey conducted by the CDC and state health departments. In consultation with our partners, additional topics were included in the local survey, including questions on mental health, substance abuse, access to care, dementia and elder care, and a section for ranking the perceived importance of 16 broad community health issues.

Western U.P. Health Department thanks the many people and organizations who backed this project and generously contributed their time and encouragement. And above all, a debt of gratitude is owed the nearly 5,000 U.P. residents who completed the lengthy health survey in the service of improving community health. May we honor their contributions by working together for healthier communities.

Links to Assessment Documents
Below are links to the full 350-page report, and to 15 County Dashboards, which are 2-page summaries of health data at the county level. The County Dashboards can be printed, two-sided and in color, and used as handouts at focus groups and community meetings.

Marquette County Health Data Dashboard   (2017 Data)

Upper Peninsula Community Health Needs Assessment-2018 Second Edition Published 8/9/18

Upper Peninsula Adult Health Survey Data 2017

Upper Peninsula Community Issues and Priorities Data 2017

Communities that Care Data Marquette County 2017

Other County Dashboards:

Alger County Health Data 2018


Baraga County Health Data 2018

Chippewa County Health Data 2018

Delta County Health Data 2018

Dickinson County Health Data 2018

Gogebic County Health Data 2018

Houghton County Health Data 2018

Iron County Health Data 2018

Keweenaw County Health Data 2018

Luce County Health Data 2018

Mackinac County Health Data 2018

Menominee County Health Data 2018

Ontonagon County Health Data 2018

Schoolcraft County Health Data 2018