WILMINGTON — A comprehensive community health needs assessment, which has identified the top-of-mind health concerns and current health habits of more than 400 Clinton County residents, will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 in the Wilmington Municipal Building Community Room, 69 N. South. St..
HealthFirst for Clinton County, the community foundation that supports causes and initiatives that promote good health, initiated the study and partnered with the Clinton County Health Department, CMH Regional Health System and a private donor to fund it.
The assessment combined local available health data with the results of phone and online surveys of area residents over the past two months. Professional Research Consultants of Omaha, Nebraska conducted the surveys and produced the assessment.
The final 225-page document and related online resources will help its co-sponsors, area non-profit organizations and other community groups identify health needs that they can impact and determine the best utilization of resources.
At the presentation, a PRC representative will discuss the project history and provide a quick overview of the methodology before spending about an hour reviewing the significant health needs identified through the research.
A question and answer session will follow before a five-minute break.
During the second half of the meeting, the PRC rep will distribute audience response system devices and guide those attending through some ranking exercises to rate the various health needs along two criteria—scope and severity and ability to impact. This will provide immediate feedback as to how the group prioritized the various health issues.
At the end of the meeting, HealthFirst board members and its collaborators will talk about some potential next steps and action items that can be initiated utilizing the new assessment