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Identifying Health Concerns In Palo Alto County

By Staff | Dec 7, 2010

What are the most pressing health concerns of Palo Alto County and what are the priorities for improving our health? These are some of the questions facing the county Board of Health and the Public Health office. Every five years, Palo Alto County Community Health Services is responsible for reporting on the health of the community, assessing the public’s concerns and needs, and prioritizing strategies to improve the health of the county.

“Public Input is a very important part of this report”, commented Peg McNally, Director of Palo Alto County Community Health Services. “We look at a lot of health and demographic statistics when compiling information for our report. But a key part of the report is the feedback from members of our community about their health concerns. We need to know what services we are missing or those we could improve upon. We would like to know how members of the community rate their own health and what are barriers to better health. We also ask what the priorities should be for improving the health of our county.”

Community members are asked to take a quick survey giving feedback for this report. The surveys are available in hard copy at all three Family Practice Clinics. The clinics are located in Emmetsburg, Graettinger and West Bend. You can also find a copy from Palo Alto County Community Health Services office in Emmetsburg, Ruthven City Hall, Ayrshire City Hall, and Mallard City Hall. If you would like a survey mailed to you, please call Community Health at 712-852-5419.

Those who have computer access can click on the link on the hospital’s homepage at www.pachs.com or go directly to the survey site at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PaloAltoCommunityAssessment.

All the surveys are confidential and no names are required. We request that those who take the survey are 18 years of age or older.

Results from the survey will used in the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Improvement Plan for Palo Alto County. This report is then shared with other agencies and community representatives in a collaborate effort to improve the health of our county,