Help Gauge the Health of Your Community

Helping a community reach its full potential takes collaboration, not only between community partners, such as public health, hospitals, health centers and other important organizations, but the citizens must be involved as well. No one has a better understanding of the health needs of their community than the people themselves. That is why the public is being asked for their help in a very important survey.

At the end of October, a Community Needs Assessment survey was mailed to randomly selected households of 15 counties and three Indian Reservations in North Central Montana. The goal of the survey is to help assess the health needs of each of these respective communities. The information that will be gathered can help guide public health jurisdictions, local hospitals, community health centers and other vital community partners in their efforts to improve the health of the communities they serve.

“We hope that residents of the communities within the region will see this as an opportunity to tell us how we can support them with their concerns specific to health┬ácare and services, but more importantly the health of their community overall and as a whole,” says Ward VanWichen, CEO of Phillips County Hospital & Family Health Clinic and Hi-Line Retirement Center. He goes on to say, “the information that we are asking for is vital and will be used to develop specific, individual Community Health Improvment Plans along with gaining a regional perspective of what is needed to attain and/or sustain a healthy community and enhance the quality of life for all residents!”

Recipients of the survey are asked to respond; surveys should take ten minutes or less to fill out. Those who complete and return their survey by December 4th will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

This is a great opportunity for the public to work for a better tomorrow by participating in this effort to help improve the health of their community today.

For more information, please call Voices of Hope at 1-800-273-8255.