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Data & Statistics

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health collects information about health issues. The information is collected to monitor the general health and well-being of our citizens. These data sources are useful for program development and evaluation. The information can also identify emerging health issues and trends. Listed below are the categories of available statistics and links to other data resources.

If you have any additional questions or need more information, please contact Marcia Mansaray.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) provides a snapshot of general health, preventative behaviors, and health risk behaviors among adults. The information gathered in this study is used by the Department of Public Health and community partners to evaluate effectiveness of programs and to assess the needs of the community.

2017 | 2014 | 2011 | 2011 Maps | 2007 | 2004 | 1999 | 1994

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys-Special Topics

2011 BRFS Mental Health

Body Mass Index Survey measures the height and weight of third graders to assess trends in overweight or obesity.


The department receives many Special Requests for data, and is happy to assist when possible. The frequently requested data sets can be found here.

Hispanic Migrant Farm Worker Health Survey 2002
Kids Count in Ottawa County 2017
Teen Pregnancy Rates 2006-2011

Ottawa County Opioid Associated Deaths
Youth Suicide Report 2011

Community Health Needs Assessment

Several community and health care organizations formed a collaborative team to implement a three-part survey identifying and defining our local health issues, concerns and needs. The data was compiled into the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which will be used to prioritize resources and create action that will improve health.

2017 CHNA Full Report
2017 CHNA Summary
2015 CHNA Summary
2015 CHNA Report Presentation
2015 CHNA Full Report
2012 CHNA Summary
2012 CHNA Full Report
2011 Data Tool

Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment

The goal of this study is to understand the maternal and child health needs and priorities within Ottawa County. It identifies disparities by race/ethnicity, gender, income, geography or other classifications; outcomes worse than the state; and negative trends.

2017 MCHNA

Community Health Improvement Plan

As a result of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), an Ottawa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was initiated by the partners of the CHNA and community members. Input from individuals, who represent the interests of the community (e.g., health and human service representatives, health care professionals and community members), worked together to develop a plan to address the top three health issues in Ottawa County. The CHNA research indicates the most prevalent health issues are access to health care, mental health and healthy behaviors. Creating a plan to improve people’s health can only be done with community members engaging to help carry out the objectives to form a healthier county. 

2015 CHIP

Ottawa County Youth Assessment Surveys monitor the prevalence of youth health risk behaviors. The purposes are to monitor trends and to provide information so local agencies and schools can focus programs and policies to reduce behaviors that contribute most to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity.

YAS Reports
2015 YAS
Full Report
2013 YAS 2011 YAS
2009 YAS 2007 YAS 2005 YAS

2015 Sub-Group Reports
8th Grade 10th Grade 12th Grade
Male Female  
White Hispanic Other

Health Care Coverage is an ongoing concern in Ottawa County.  As a result, the department commissioned a small business survey about coverage and health care reform. 

Small Business Health Coverage Landscape
Access to Health Services

County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings report ranks Michigan counties according to their summary measures of health outcomes and health factors.  The report is a very broad view of "how healthy" residents are Ottawa County.

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 |2012 | 2011 | 2010
Community Assessment for Ottawa County
The Greater Ottawa County United Way created the Community Assessment as a snapshot of the community needs. This tool serves as a report to the community in general on the state of health and human service needs, and provides benchmarks from which to gauge progress. It is intended that this report, and the ongoing work of United Way, will facilitate increased community engagement around meeting the community’s needs.

2015 | 2012


Ottawa County Influenza Surveillance Summary
The monthly Influenza Surveillance Summary is produced during each annual influenza season to inform residents, media outlets and healthcare providers about the current rates of influenza in Ottawa County compared to previous seasons. The Summary contains influenza-related data from physician's offices, schools, laboratories, and emergency departments. It is one tool among many used by public health to reduce the risk of influenza in individuals, families and our community.

2017-2018 Flu Season
2016-2017 Flu Season
2015-2016 Flu Season
2014-2015 Flu Season

Data Resources

Kids Count
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Profile of Ottawa County
Michigan School/Preschool/Childcare Immunization & Waiver Data
AirData: Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality System Data Mart
Health Professional Shortage Area Data
Medically Under-served Areas/Populations Data
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts
CDC WONDER: Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Online Interactive Data Tables