The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is hosting community meetings, focus groups and an online survey to solicit public input for its Community Health Assessment. These activities will engage residents in a discussion about the health of El Dorado County.
During the community meetings, Public Health staff will share information about the overall health of the community and will hear from residents about the issues affecting their community's health. According to Deputy Director of Public Health, Chris Weston, "this collaborative process is important so that residents and Public Health work together to identify local health focus areas, create a countywide health improvement plan, and move toward a common vision that will make our county an even healthier place to live."
Community meetings will be held as follows:
In addition to the community meetings, residents may provide input by completing an online survey. The online Community Health Survey (available in English and Spanish) can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/eldoradohealthsurvey. The survey closes August 31, 2015. Public Health's Community Health Assessment report is expected to be released in December 2015.
The community meetings, focus groups and online survey will not only provide useful planning information, but are also important activities for the Public Health Division as it pursues accreditation from the national Public Health Accreditation Board. "The purpose of accreditation is to advance the quality of local public health programs and demonstrate that Public Health meets national standards for public health agencies and is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of our communities," said Weston.
For more information about the community meetings, focus groups or Public Health Accreditation, please visit www.edcgov.us/publichealth or contact Kristine Oase Guth at 530-621-7582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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