County residents asked to complete health survey
Healthy People Lincoln County will be asking the community for their input on resources within our community that help them stay or become healthy. The survey will also include questions to find out if there are any areas that may need to be improved upon for residents’ health. Adults will be able to take the survey from the beginning of February through the middle of the month.
The survey is part of Lincoln County Health Department’s goal to become an accredited health department. The survey also meets goals for both Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center and Ministry Sacred Health Hospital. The survey was developed by coalitions and community partners including Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition, Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition, Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition, and UW-Extension-Lincoln County.
“The survey will help Healthy People Lincoln County create an action plan with community partners to address these health access issues in Lincoln County,” stated Shelley Hersil, Health Officer, Lincoln County Health Department. “Our ultimate goal is for our community to have what they need to be healthy.”
Surveys will be available at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Ministry Sacred Health Hospital, Lincoln County Health Department, and multiple other locations throughout the county. You can also complete it online at the Health Department’s webpage located at www.healthypeoplelinconlcounty.com. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Individuals who fill out the survey are eligible to put their name into a raffle drawing for a $20 local grocery store gift card and a healthy recipe book. The survey is confidential and anonymous.
“Survey questions include topics on where residents go to get and prepare healthy foods, where they feel safe exercising and playing, if they have someone to depend on and if they have a healthcare provider,” states Jane Bentz, Foundation & Community Outreach Director, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. “We also want to learn what barriers residents face when seeking these resources,” added Paula Gebauer RN, BSN, Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist, Ministry Sacred Heart-Saint Mary’s Hospital.
The Healthy People Lincoln County’s priorities for 2012-2017 are oral health, mental health and nutrition. The mission is to promote partnerships within the community to improve health through advocacy, prevention and implementation of best practices. To join the Health People Lincoln County Partnership Committee or a community coalition, contact Shelley Hersil, at Lincoln County Health Department at 715-539-1360 or email@example.com.