WOOD RIVER — Madison County Health Department is asking for the public’s help.
Every five years, local health departments in Illinois are required to lead an IPLAN (Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs) process by conducting a countywide health needs assessment. As part of this process, the health department would like to gather residents’ thoughts about health concerns in Madison County. Finding out what people see as health issues helps the health department and other agencies in the county know what is driving illness and helps to determine programming and strategies to improve long-term health.
The public’s input is important. The health department will use the Community Health Survey data along with Focus Group data from this spring and statistical data to help set the health priorities for everyone in the county to help work toward for the next five years and a community health plan to address these priorities. The survey can be taken by anyone who lives or works in Madison County. Residents are asked to encourage family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, churches, community groups and civic organizations to complete the survey.
“This survey is a chance for everyone who lives or works in Madison County to have a voice about the health concerns,” Health Promotion Manager Amy J. Yeager said. “Everyone knows of health concerns that affect themselves, their families, friends, co-workers and communities. The more responses we receive, the clearer the picture will be as to what the community sees as health concerns.”
The survey is four questions and takes a few minutes to complete. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HealthSurvey2015 to take the survey online or print a paper version of the survey from www.madisonchd.org, complete it and mail, scan to email, or drop off the survey at the health department. Both survey versions are also linked on the website’s homepage.
The deadline for taking the survey is June 30.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 692-8954.