MOUNT VERNON — Public input is vital to the success of new programs and service development. It is also highly valued by the coalition working to develop new health initiatives to benefit Knox County residents. Beginning this month, the Knox Health Planning Partnership will be asking for the public’s input as part of the 2018 Community Health Assessment.

KHPP has worked in collaboration with Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio to develop a survey that gathers data on a variety of health related topics, including: health status, chronic diseases, access to care, preventative healthcare, and quality of life. Results of the survey will assist in the development of the 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan.

Knox County residents will be randomly selected to participate in the survey. Selected residents will receive a survey in the mail. KHPP asks residents to complete it and return it in the pre-stamped, pre-addressed return envelope. This survey is completely anonymous and there is no way for answers to be linked back to respondents. Participation in this survey is critical as it will help KHPP member agencies make decisions about programming and initiatives regarding health in our community.

“We welcome this as a wonderful opportunity to gather information on the health status of residents from residents themselves. We are excited to learn more about the health of our community and in turn what can do to make Knox County a healthier place to live, work, and play,” said Julie Miller, health commissioner of the Knox County Health Department.

“And residents can be assured that member agencies of KHPP are fully committed to addressing priority needs identified from the survey results. We expect those priority needs to include physical, behavioral, or environmental health, as well as social service resources and community development.”

Funding for the survey is being provided by Knox Community Hospital, United Way of Knox County, Kenyon College, YMCA of Mount Vernon, Knox County Head Start, Mental Health & Recovery of Knox & Licking Counties, Knox County Health Department, Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Center, and Sanctuary Community Action.

“The work done in KHPP and the collaborative effort that has been put into this assessment is truly an example of the tremendous community spirit that exists in Knox County,” said Miller. “Now, we just need local residents to do their part to complete the project by completing and returning a survey if selected.”

KHPP members include: Knox County Health Department, Knox Community Hospital, United Way of Knox County, City of Mount Vernon, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, Family & Children First Council, Interchurch Social Services, Kenyon College, Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Community Action Commission, Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, Knox County Commissioners, Knox County Head Start, Knox County Job and Family Services, New Directions, The Freedom Center, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Sanctuary Community Action, OSU Extension of Knox County, and Mount Vernon City Schools.

KHPP hopes to make both the Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan available to Knox County residents by late summer.



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