COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT TELEPHONE SURVEYS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 6
Area residents encouraged to participate in 15-minute telephone survey to determine the region’s most critical health care needs.
WILLIMANTIC -- Residents who live in Windham County are strongly encouraged to participate in an upcoming telephone survey that will both inform and determine future funding for the area’s most pressing healthcare needs. Representatives from the Center for Research and Public Policy (CRPP) will contact the public September 6 through September 20 via telephone and ask approximately 60 questions over the course of the 15-minute interview. No personal identifying information will be asked, and answers will be kept anonymous. The findings of the survey will assist health care leaders in developing a blueprint for health and wellness programming focus and funding in the Windham County region for the next three-five years.
The telephone surveys are the second phase of the region-wide Community Health Needs Assessment that launched in August and concludes in late September. The consortium of Windham County healthcare providers that developed and funded the Community Health Needs Assessment consists of eight organizations: Windham Hospital, Day Kimball Healthcare, Natchaug Hospital, Generations Family Health Center, United Services, VNA East, Northeast District Department of Health and Community Health Resources. The Jewett City Savings Bank also provided funding for the assessment.
“If you receive a phone call, we are asking folks to please make the time to answer the survey questions,” said Heather Tindall, spokeswoman for the consortium. “It really is so critical for us to know your perceptions on what the truest healthcare needs are in our community.” She said that hearing directly from residents will help ensure that energies and dollars are focused appropriately.
Tindall said CRPP will collect resident input in such areas as community healthcare needs, health status, and important information from residents on care in many areas including diabetes, sleep, exercise, oral health, immunizations, tobacco and alcohol use, behavioral health, autism, healthcare access, and screenings.”
For more information about the Community Health Needs Assessment and the upcoming telephone survey, residents may call 860-928-6541, extension 2026.