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Survey to help identify community health needs

• Jun 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

MUSKEGON — In order to better identify community health needs, The Health Project is encouraging local residents to fill out the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

The survey is used to gather information about the health and well-being of the community.

“We depend on the information gathered from our CHNA process to guide our work in terms of programs and services that are needed to support the individuals and families in the communities we serve," said Stevi Riel, executive director of the Health Project. “We want as many people as possible to voice their opinions and help us truly understand what we can do to make the community stronger.”

The Health Project serves as the community health and well-being arm of Mercy Health.

Muskegon and the CHNA covers the same service area as Mercy Health. The CHNA is a federally required statute for non-profit hospitals, and must be conducted every three years. It allows hospital and communities to identify needs, and works toward addressing them by developing strategies, refining services, and creating programs to help improve health and quality of life.

The process is guided by an advisory council with representation from multiple sectors from Muskegon and Oceana counties.

Taking a small amount of time to fill out the survey can help every member of the community live a healthier life. Every voice matters and every one can make a difference. 

“Being a great community partner is critical to our organization's success,” said Gary Allore, president and CEO of Mercy Health Muskegon. “Providing high quality, compassionate and personalized care is our priority, and we can't do if we're not engaged with the communities that we serve.

“We understand that things like accessible, affordable childcare, safe housing and reliable transportation are as critical to your health and well-being as being able to access medical care. We need our community to provide input into how we can best support all of the community health improvements happening along the lakeshore.”

Community members can take the survey by visiting the Mercy Health locations in Muskegon and Oceana Counties, or by visiting mchp.org/CHNA and filling the survey out online.

The CHNA survey will be available through June 29.

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