The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center completes a Community Health Assessment every 3 years in order to identify county-wide priority areas to focus on for the next three years. This assessment also serves  as a resource for identifying and planning service delivery, program planning, and fiscal obligations.   


The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and its governing Board of Trustees have collaborated with community partners and residents to complete the 2015 Community Health Assessment of Cape Girardeau County. The 2015 Community Health Assessment contains baseline and trended data from a variety of sources including the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Kids Count, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Census Bureau Data Center, County Health Rankings, and other state and local data reports. In addition, a Community Health Assessment Survey was distributed to Cape Girardeau County residents to provide them the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the major risk factors and health issues facing them and the county.

This report examines rates and occurrences between local, state, and national for key health status indicators as well as year to year comparisons for Cape Girardeau County. In instances where indicators reveal Cape Girardeau County is faring worse than the region and the state, particular attention is paid to the importance of that health indicator being a public health priority issue. When indicators show that the rate for Cape Girardeau County is similar or slightly better than state rates, but when compared to the U.S. as a whole is still faring worse, it is also viewed as a public health priority.


2015-2018 Cape Girardeau County Public Center Health Priorities: 

1.     Obesity
2.     Smoking
3.     Heart Disease
4.     Child Injury and Infant Mortality (tie)
5.     Dental Health and Mental Health (tie)


Click here to view the 2015 Community Health Assessment

Previous Community Health Assessments available for download: 

2012 Community Health Assessment