How healthy is Island County and what does it need to be a healthier place to live, learn, work and play?
Those are questions Island County Public Health is hoping can be answered through its first Community Health Survey. Public Health, in conjunction with the Community Health Advisory Board, Board of Health and more than 20 other local health partners have teamed up to include the survey as part of the 2015 Island County Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.
“The Community Health Assessment has been around since the 1990s, but this is the first time we’ve done a survey to get community input,” said Laura Luginbill, Assessment and Healthy Communities Director for Island County Public Health.
The Community Health Assessment is widely distributed throughout the county and region each year. It is the main tool used to help develop community health improvement plans and is used by community leaders, agency directors, service providers and community groups.
“This is the first time we’re asking the community to give us input, so we can find out if we’re missing something, or is there something we haven’t monitored?” Luginbill said.
According to Luginbill, adding the data received from the survey will help make sure the Assessment is “really driven by what the community needs and feels is important” to the overall health needs in Island County.
The survey is available through Sept. 13. Luginbill said the county is hoping for 1,000 responses this first year. Those interested may go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/IslandHealth. It is available to take in English, Spanish, Tagalong and over the phone for the visually impaired. For information, go to www.islandcountyahc.org/Page/89 or call 360-679-7350.