Health survey conducted in Manitowoc Co.

The Manitowoc County Health Department, Aurora Health Care, Holy Family Memorial, United Way of Manitowoc County and Healthiest Manitowoc County worked in partnership to conduct a community health survey in March.

The effort will supplement a prior community health assessment conducted three years earlier with updated data and the ability to analyze trends over time.

The survey will provide valuable data for continued evaluation of community health needs and help guide government, not-for-profit and volunteer organizations as they fashion services to meet the most pressing needs of the community.

The survey focuses on issues such as access to health care, tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, physical activity, cancer prevention, heart health, injury prevention, immunizations, communicable diseases, mental health and chronic disease. The survey responses will be completely anonymous. The surveys will also allow Aurora and Holy Family Memorial to document population health indicators to help guide clinical efforts in the county.

The survey took about 18 minutes to complete. About 400 area residents were interviewed by telephone. It was conducted by JKV Research, an independent research firm that specializes in community surveys.

The community health survey is aimed at meeting several objectives:

¦ gathering local data to document annual health status related to the 11 health priorities established by the state health plan;

¦ identifying local health behaviors or risk factors that present opportunities for health promotion and health care cost reduction;

¦ tracking the success of community health improvement activities.