Healthy Hays County
Action through planning
Healthy Hays County
Action through planning
We envision a Healthy Hays fully committed to equitable access to resources where all people are thriving and resilient. We are committed to improving the quality of life in Hays County by collaborating to ensure a system of high-quality physical & mental health services, education, employment, and infrastructure is available to all.
The Hays County Local Health Department completed a Community Health Assessment in 2023. The department used the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process, a community-driven strategic planning process to achieve health equity. MAPP was developed by the National Association of City and County Health Officials. The process resulted in both a health assessment and community health improvement plan.
The MAPP process has three assessments: the Community Status Assessment, Community Context Assessment, and Community Partner Assessment.
compiles quantitative data regarding the health conditions within the community by gathering information on health status, quality of life, and risk factors through quantitative measures.
aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the community in which the health improvement plan is being developed. This includes exploring the community’s demographics, social determinants of health, economic factors, cultural dynamics, forces of change, and other contextual factors that influence health outcomes.
is a strategic process that identifies and engages key stakeholders, assesses their capacities and resources, explores collaboration opportunities, and establishes partnerships to foster collective efforts towards improving the health and well-being of the community.
This assessment identified ten areas to address to advance to a healthier Hays County.
Initium Health surveyed Hays County residents across various neighborhoods and communities. Participants ranked the availability of public transit 1.9/5 and affordable housing 2.0/5 the lowest.
The average poverty rate in Hays County is 12.4% as of 2020, a 7% decrease from 2019. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is 2.9% (as of November 2022), whereas the unemployment rate in the state of Texas is 4.0%.
In Hays County, the average resident to primary care provider ratio is 2,343 to 1, which is higher (worse) than the state of Texas and the US as a whole. 16.1% of people under the age of 65 in Hays County are uninsured, compared to 9.2% of the US population being uninsured.
A detailed map of resources in the Built Environment was created with the input of the Steering Committee and through web-based research. Resources include arts and culture, parks, emergency services, schools, healthcare, libraries, recreation and sports facilities, houses of worship, nonprofits, and other services.
Most healthcare providers are located in the most populous cities of Buda, Kyle, and San Marcos. Residents living outside of these areas face challenges getting to the care they need.
Highlighted areas show census tracts that are low income and have low access to grocery stores. Low access is defined as where more than 100 housing units that do not have a vehicle and that are more than 1⁄2 mile from the nearest supermarket.
According to the National Walkability Index, only a few census tracts surrounding San Marcos have a “Above Average Walkable” score (in green). The majority of Hays County census tracts are either rated “Least Walkable” ( in orange) or “Below Average Walkable” (in yellow).
The forces of change identified by the steering committee and through key informant interviews were collated into six themes:
Strengths of Community Partners Include
Four overarching themes emerged across the results of the MAPP assessments. These key issues were highlighted throughout the visioning session, stakeholder interviews, community surveys, and steering committee assessments, brainstorming sessions, and discussions. These themes reflect high-level strategy areas that, if addressed, will impact many of the health needs and concerns identified through the MAPP process.
Healthy Hays Coalition will address this through the Community Health Improvement Plan, and we welcome you to join us by contacting Matthew Gonzales, Local Health Department Manager at email@example.com.