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County conducting community health needs assessment, seeks public input

Madison County Health Department is seeking community input for its health needs assessment plan.

By law, the health department must conduct a community health needs assessment every five years to understand the health and wellness strengths and needs of the communities across the county.

“The process is an active engagement of health professionals, community agencies and organizations, educators, citizens and health department personnel,” Director of Public HEalth Toni Corona said. “Due to our response during COVID we were delayed in the conducting the assessment plan.”

Corona said the Illinois Department of Public Health granted an extension on the county’s assessment plan, which is part of the Illinois Project for Local Assessment.

“IPLAN is grounded in the core functions of public health and addresses public health practice standards,” Corona said. “This is the health department’s strategic plan for the next five years.”

She said health priorities are determined following the assessment process and the county community health system would utilize the results to guide program development to address health concerns. Each priority area include at least one outcome objective, one impact objective and strategies to foster the achievement of outcomes over the next five years.

Health priorities for 2016 through 2021 were Obesity, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Air Quality.

“We need the public’s health in completing the assessment,” Corona said. “Working together with our local health providers is a great way of gathering resources and targeting health issues that need improvement; however, we want to know what really matters to each person whose life we can impact.”

If improving the health of Madison County citizens is important, please visit https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/043f6f5f7fbd42cab9ff8f36a155402b and complete the survey. The deadline is April 8.

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