Public asked to help set priorities in health plan

Wood County Health Department

(Submitted by Wood County Health Department)

Wood County Health Partners is looking for community leaders and other people interested in helping create the county’s next Community Health Improvement Plan.

This plan will help inform agencies’ priorities and identify ways to collaborate and improve the health of people in Wood County. Wood County Health Partners recently completed the 2018 Community Health Assessment, which gathered health data from adults, students and children to help determine the area’s strengths and needs. A draft is available at http://woodcountyhealth.org/Reports/reportsandpubs.html

The health assessment and the improvement plan are jointly funded by Wood County Health Department and Wood County Hospital. Wood County Health Partners will conduct four meetings to create the Community Health Improvement Plan.

Meetings will take place at Wood County Health Department and be facilitated by the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio. The four meetings are scheduled for 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 1112:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 1; and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

After these meetings, there will be a public event to release the results of both the Community Health Assessment and the Community Health Improvement Plan.

Anyone participating in the CHIP process is asked to complete a “Key Issues” worksheet in advance of the first meeting. If you are interested in obtaining the worksheet or more details, contact Alex Aspacher, community outreach coordinator for the health department, at aaspacher@co.wood.oh.us or 419-354-9212.

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