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Healthcare providers seek feedback

LISBON — The Columbiana County Health Department and others healthcare partners in the area want some feedback about the top health concerns in the community from those utilizing their services.

The first step for the community partners to create a Community Health Improvement Plan is a survey that takes about 10 to 15 minutes to answer. A link to the survey is available on the Columbiana County General Health District’s website at columbiana-health.org. Paper surveys also are available.

“I think it’s just really important for the residents to do it so we can taylor our services to meet their needs,” said Laura Fauss, the public information officer for the Columbiana County General Health District.

The answers to the survey are anonymous and will be used to help members of the partnership to better focus on addressing actual health concerns of residents.

Once the survey is completed on November 19, the information gathered will be combined with data collected from the census and other sources. There will be focus groups formed to discuss the results and interviews conducted. Then a written plan will be created for the future goals of public health and healthcare options in the area.

So that the results of the survey and study adequately reflect the whole community, the partners are hoping to get a wide-variety of people to respond including those in vulnerable populations, those living in poverty, minority groups and the elderly.

Those partners involved in the assessment are Akron Children’s Hospital, the Columbiana County Community Action Agency, the Columbiana County Educational Services Center, the Columbiana County Health District, the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, East Liverpool City Hospital, the East Liverpool Health District, Family and Children First Council, the Ohio State University Extension, Salem City Health District and the Salem Regional Medical Center.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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