Residents Input Can Help Shape Programs Through Brief Survey
(Sewell, NJ) The Gloucester County Department of Health is asking residents in participating in completing a brief Community Health and Opinion survey about their health status, behaviors, opinions and concerns.
Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said that the confidential and anonymous survey assists the County in developing health education programs, and services. The assessment also provides the necessary information to develop and initiate an action plan to address any concerns.
"The county develops programs based on the needs of our residents. The Gloucester County Health Department will use the information we collect to address community concerns and create programs to assist the community in achieving its health goals," stated Sweeney.
Sweeney said, "This information is vital and will help us collaborate with other agencies in our community to create and obtain the health services our residents may need."
In 2006 The Gloucester County Department of Health and Senior Services completed its first Community Health Improvement Plan. This information was gathered through key informant interviews, focus groups, and a community survey in which residents were asked their opinion regarding health behaviors and concerns.
Freeholder Jean DuBois said that the Improvement Plan helps take a closer look at the health of the people who live in the county and assists the county in developing health education programs, and services.
"We learned four years ago that residents were most interested in information about nutrition, weight loss and exercise programs, cancer and health screenings and we also learned that residents were not always aware of what was available to them or how to get services," Freeholder Jean DuBois said.
DuBois said, "Since that time the county has taken a proactive approach to encouraging regular screenings and checkups, promoting healthy behaviors through proper diet and exercise programs. We also participate in many community outreach programs to help spread the word about available services."
Residents can access and complete the brief health survey at www.gloucestercountynj.gov
and clicking on 'Health Department Survey'. If you do not have internet access but wish to complete a survey you can call 856-218- 4141 Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and someone will assist you.