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Chatham Talks: Chatham Health Alliance to Conduct Community Survey March 8-17

Post Date:03/02/2018 12:39 PM

The Chatham Health Alliance, in partnership with the Chatham County Public Health Department, Chatham Hospital, and local organizations throughout the county, have come together to lead the 2018 Chatham County Community Assessment. With an emphasis on hearing directly from Chatham residents, the Community Assessment features a series of community conversations and focus groups, as well as the Community Survey.

Starting March 8, 2018, Alliance members and volunteers will visit selected homes across the county to conduct the Community Survey. Alliance members and volunteers will be identifiable by either:

  • A purple “Let’s Talk” t-shirt
  • blue Chatham County Public Health Department polo shirt.

Households that will be visited by survey teams have been randomly selected to ensure the results of the Community Survey represent the voice of the community.

The Community Survey provides an opportunity for residents to inform decision makers and agencies on the needs and preferences of residents across the county. This information will help guide community services and resources for several years,” said Health Director Layton Long. “We have worked closely with the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, our Scientific Advisory Committee, and community partners to design the survey and draw a representative sample of residents.”

The survey was developed by a large group of representatives from county agencies and organizations, as well as many community members, to ensure the questions yield information that is most helpful to advancing community well-being. “We know residents have busy schedules and greatly appreciate their time. We thank all who participate for their willingness to lend their voice to this important process,” Long added. 

The Community Assessment process is used to determine priority issues that guide the work of the Chatham Health Alliance and inform the efforts of many agencies and organizations in the county that are part of the Alliance. Residents who do not receive the survey still have many ways to participate in the process, including focus groups, community conversations, and rotating online questions. Information on all of these opportunities can be found on the website www.chathamtalks.org.

The Chatham Health Alliance is a well-established community coalition that recently brought national recognition to Chatham County through the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge. For more information on the Chatham Health Alliance, visit www.ChathamHealthAllianceNC.org.