Monday, 27 May 2024

Local coalition in Lake County undertakes countywide health needs assessment

LAKE COUNTY – One of the best ways to gain a better understanding about health needs and available resources in a community is to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment.

A group of local stakeholders has come together to conduct a countywide needs assessment in Lake County, and is working with a consultant firm, Barbara Aved Associates.

The goal is to create a report by fall 2010 that identifies key health needs and barriers to receiving services, and is useful for prioritizing and planning programs and services that improve the quality of life in Lake County.

A wide variety of data will be collected during the assessment process. These include commonly used measures of population health status, such as the incidence of certain diseases and death rates, and social and economic variables that have been shown to affect a person’s health, including income,

education, employment, and even literacy, language and culture.

To ensure the community has an opportunity to participate, surveys, interviews and focus groups will be held throughout the county over the next couple of months.

The Healthy Lake County Questionnaire is a general survey that is available for Lake County residents to provide their opinions about health needs and recommendations.

Printed in English and Spanish on light blue paper, the survey has been placed in a variety of places in the county (for example, libraries, coffee shops, campuses) and will also be distributed at health fairs, casinos, churches, etc.

People can also take the survey online by going to .

Both the online and paper surveys will be available from April 9 until May 26.

Co-workers, clients, customers, neighbors and friends, and other residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to guide policymakers in improving health in Lake County by voicing their opinions in the Healthy Lake County Questionnaire.

For further information, please call 707-263-1090.

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