How can you help Clarke County get and stay more healthy?
The walking paths, bike sharing program, health and wellness classes and activities available to the community have made a tremendous impact on where Clarke County and Osceola ranks for health in the state (improving from 98th in 2016 to 86th in 2019 according to U.S. News and World Report.), but the improvements can’t stop there. That’s why the Clarke County Hospital and Clarke County Public Health need your input on the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) survey.
The CHNA survey takes place in each of Iowa’s 99 counties every 5 years to assess the status of health and wellness of a community as well as trigger ideas and discussions around making improvements and increasing options for a healthier lifestyle. The information gathered through the survey leads to education and information given to numerous outlets including the City of Osceola, Clarke County Hospital, Clarke County Public Health, Clarke County’s Area Agency on Aging and others. These organizations, in turn, use the information results as a base for developing activities and strategies for the community.
Leah Reed, Clarke County Hospital’s Clinical Dietician, and the team at the Clarke County Public Health have spent the last week distributing information around the county to get surveys taken and receive the community’s input for this year’s study.
“The last survey completed was back in 2015,” Reed said. “It resulted in the development of many of the walking/biking paths, health and wellness classes, a bike sharing program, and many other programs and activities around the county today.”
Currently, the Hospital and Clarke Public Health are distributing ballot boxes in various locations around the county and promoting the survey at different events throughout the summer, but you can take the survey and share it with friends and family online using the links below.
As added information, to the right, you can click on the image of the promotional flyer discussing the CHNA survey and how the results are channeled into opportunities for Clarke County citizens to lead healthier, more active lives.