County health dept. urges cooperation with community health survey

stethescope-mf-drummerboy-webThe Kenosha County Department of Human Services has issued the following media release regarding on upcoming community health survey:

The Kenosha County Division of Health, Aurora Health Care, United Hospital System, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, are working in partnership with Kenosha Community Health Center and Kenosha United Way to conduct a community health survey beginning June 23, 2016. The survey will supplement a prior community health assessment conducted in 2014 with updated data and the ability to The survey will provide valuable data for continued evaluation of community needs and help guide government, not-for-profit, and volunteer organizations as they fashion services to meet the most pressing needs of the community. The survey will be conducted this summer. About 400 area residents will be interviewed by telephone and cell phone. “We recognize that more residents are using cell phones as their primary home phone and it’s important that we reach a good cross section of our county,” said Cynthia Johnson, Kenosha County Health Officer. “I would encourage all residents of our county to help us with this research,” said Johnson. “If you are among those who receive a phone call, we would appreciate everyone taking part in this important survey which is designated to be used as a mechanism to identify area of improvements in the community and will be utilized by the healthcare systems to attempt to improve the overall health in Kenosha County.” The survey focuses on issues such as access to health care, tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, physical activity, cancer prevention, heart health, injury prevention, immunizations, children’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. The survey responses will be completely anonymous. The survey will take about 18 minutes to complete. It is being conducted by Management Decisions in partnership with JKV Research, an independent research firm that specializes in community surveys. The results will be released later this year. These community health surveys are aimed at meeting several objectives: • Gathering local data to document health status related to the health priorities established by the state health plan. • Identifying local health behaviors or risk factors that present opportunities for health promotion and health care cost reduction. • Tracking the success of community health improvement activities. • Allowing these partners to document population health indicators to help guide health improvement efforts. For more information or, please call the Kenosha County Division of Health at (262) 605-6700, (800) 472-8008, or visit www.kenoshacounty.org.

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