Broome County Health Department seeks community input for address healthcare needs

By WBNG News

Broome County Health Department seeks community input for address healthcare needs

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Broome County Health Department is conducting a countywide community health assessment to evaluate the perceptions of community residents to identify and address unmet health care needs. 

According to a news release:

As part of this assessment, they have developed an anonymous community-wide survey that they are encouraging Broome County residents to complete by Friday, August 2, 2013.

The survey asks about a range of health issues, including physical and mental health, whether the health services in Broome County are sufficient to meet the needs of the community, and if it is difficult to get to or use health services.  The survey is available at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BroomeCounty_CommunityHealthyAssessment_CommunitySurvey.  It can also be accessed on the Broome County Health Department’s website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd. 

Under Public Health Law, health departments are required to conduct a CHA every three years and to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address public health problems.

In addition to developing the survey, the Broome County Health Department will host a series of focus groups asking for direct feedback from Broome County residents.  “Through our work in the community we know intuitively what some of the larger health needs are, but this process will allow us to gather input directly from residents about high priority health issues,” said Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director for the Broome County Health Department.

Feedback from the anonymous survey, along with information gathered through focus groups and publicly available data will help the Broome County Health Department identify and prioritize the current health needs of Broome County residents.