County seeks residents’ views on health

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The Oneida County Health Department, Mohawk Valley Health System and Rome Memorial Hospital are conducting a health needs survey and is seeking a broad range of input from the community.

All Oneida County residents are encouraged to take the brief survey by visiting: #OCHealthSurvey or www.ocgov.net/health, according to county officials who announced the survey.

The survey, which takes about five minutes to complete, is in follow up to a March meeting where community partners and organizations discussed top area health issues.

Now, the county seeks input from the community on top health issues of concern.

“The community health assessment helps us to check the pulse of our community and better address community needs,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr.

“By gaining input from the community, we can help to
better understand what the issues are and why we have them,”
the Oneida County executive added.

The next step will be a final report to reflect the compiled health data from all outreach efforts.

The Health Department will use the report to develop its own health improvement plan and share this information with county health agencies, organizations, groups and partnerships to use as a guide for their own strategic planning.

“This Community Health Assessment is a public health and hospital co-led collaboration which provides us with a snapshot of the health status of our community,” said Oneida County Director of Health Phyllis D. Ellis.

“Not all communities opt to do a collaborative health/hospital assessment but we do. We recognize the importance of all partners working together for the best health of Oneida County residents,” the county health director added.

The deadline for the survey is June 30, officials said.

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