The Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority group in Orange County, comprising 29.8% of the total population. The county has a rich variety of cultures which includes United States and Non-United States citizens from Central America, South America, Mexico, Spain and the Caribbean. Due to the increasing growth of Hispanic residents, it is essential to assess and gain understanding of the population’s overall health status and well-being. This will allow for the provision of the most effective and most reliable form of care and service; with the hope of addressing and preventing any concerning health issues.
The 2017 Hispanic Health Assessment (HHA) is the first population specific assessment developed to address the needs of a targeted population in the county. It is an example of the commitment the Florida Department of Health in Orange County has in utilizing best practices to improve the health of community residents. The HHA is an essential tool which answers questions that further explain the population, growth, change, characteristics, and health indicators among Hispanics. This tool can be used to engage community partners in improvement plans and enhance the spread of public health message.
Florida’s vision is to become the Healthiest state in the nation by 2030. We do this by ensuring that all races and ethnicities have reached their best state of health through the provision of quality health services to each resident in our community. This publication is the product of the hard work and dedication of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
It is a privilege to live in such a diverse and vibrant community and to serve as director of a workforce which strives to make Orange County a healthier place to live, work, and play.