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Letter to the Editor: Input sought for community health survey

by | Feb 9, 2024 | Letter to Editor

I am writing to inform residents of a recent initiative from our Health Department.

The community health survey reflects a proactive approach to understanding the health needs of our community and is a crucial step toward fostering a healthier and more informed population. The survey provides an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns, share their experiences, and contribute valuable insights into the health challenges faced by our community. By actively participating in the survey, residents can play a key role in shaping the future of our town’s health care services and policies.

The survey will collect anonymous data on diverse preferences, encompassing vaccination, health education and promotion, disease surveillance, climate change, as well as water and air quality, among other factors. The gathered data will serve as a foundation for evidence-based decision-making, enabling the Health Department to tailor its programs and services to the specific needs of our community. This, in turn, will contribute to the development of targeted interventions and resources that address the most pressing health issues faced by our residents.

The department will communicate the outcomes of the survey to the community, providing updates on the key findings and outlining the steps that will be taken by the department in response to identified needs.

I commend the Health Department staff, led by Shaun McAuliffe, health director, and Simone Carter, public health nurse, for their commitment to promoting community health and well-being.

Please respond to the survey here: polco.us/n/res/vote/hopkinton/health-services-community-survey

— Nasiba Mannan, Hopkinton, Board of Health vice chair

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