Nearly 3,600 Lucas County adults will randomly receive surveys by mail in coming weeks on a variety of health-related topics, including general physical health, mental health, nutrition, exercise, substance abuse and living conditions. Survey results will be compiled in Healthy Lucas County’s 2016/2017 Lucas County Community Health Assessment and be used to help determine where improvements are needed most.
About 2,400 parents of children up to 11 years old also will randomly receive surveys by mail in coming weeks for the triennial community health assessment, which is expected to be released in September.
“We want an accurate picture of key health problems and needs in Lucas County so we know where to focus our efforts,” said Jan Ruma, vice president of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, which coordinates Healthy Lucas County and performs community health assessments. “The best way to do that is by asking our residents about their health, medical care, behaviors and living conditions.”
Healthy Lucas County, a collaboration of community health improvement organizations, has performed a community health assessment since 1999. Members of the Healthy Lucas County collaboration use the data to formulate a Community Health Improvement Plan with priorities and action steps.
Individual healthcare organizations, social service agencies, government entities, educational institutions and others also use the data to make decisions about community health improvement efforts.