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Huron Co. health partners to distribute surveys

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The Huron County health partners are sending out the county health survey to randomly selected households as a part of a community-wide health assessment process.

“Over the next few weeks, approximately 1,500 households in Huron County will be randomly selected to participate,” said Melanie Myers, public information officer for Huron County Public Health.

“Those randomly selected to participate will first receive a notification letter from the Huron County Health partners regarding the survey, with instructions to complete the survey online. If recipients do not have internet access or prefer to take the paper survey, they will receive a follow-up survey in the mail in the next few weeks.”

The anonymous survey asks participants to answer questions about the community, overall health, emergency preparedness, etc. The main objective is to monitor the health of Huron County through the collection and analysis of data on a broad range of health topics in order to create a snapshot of the health of county residents.

“Each household’s participation is very important in representing not only their own household, but other households similar to them within our community. Survey results are instrumental in providing data for informed decision making at the local level, including planning and strategizing for programs, services and infrastructure by a number of organizations throughout the community. Data is also used to demonstrate data-proven need for programming and services when applying for grants at the local, state and federal levels,” Myers said.

Data from a minimum of 250 surveys from throughout the community will be compiled as a sample representative of Huron County residents and released to the community next year as part of the 2020 community health assessment.

The Huron County Health Partners leadership includes members from Huron County Public Health, Fisher-Titus, Mercy Health Willard Hospital, the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services.

“All survey data is collected, compiled and protected through an outside organization (which) has been contracted to complete this assessment. No individual-level data will be reported,” Myers said.

If you have any questions about this survey or don’t receive a survey but wish to participate in the community assessment process, call Nicole Marks, community programs division director at Huron County Public Health, at 567-244-3225.

“Without the community’s participation in this assessment process, targeted health improvement efforts would not be possible. We would like to thank residents in advance for their time and effort to participate in this process by completing a survey should they receive one,” Myers said.