The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is asking residents to help identify the community's strengths and weaknesses through an online Community Health Survey. The 10-minute survey is available at health.lincoln.ne.gov. (Click on the "community survey" link under the "What's New" heading.) The survey is voluntary and confidential, and those who complete it will not be identified or called.
The survey asks for perceptions on health care, risk behaviors, housing, transportation, jobs, public safety, neighborhoods, schools and other quality of life issues. It is part of a local community health strategic planning effort called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). Survey results will be used to identify the most pressing health issues that can be addressed through community action, and the MAPP Steering Committee will create a plan to meet the prioritized community needs.
"It is very important that we hear from as many residents as possible about their perceptions of the quality of life in our community," said Dr. Karla Lester, Co-Chair of the MAPP Steering Committee. "The survey is a key component of one of four assessments that are part of the MAPP process. The survey results, along with input from focus group results, will highlight what people consider to be the strengths and weaknesses in our community."
The three other assessments will document the health status of residents; measure the capacities of the local public health system; and address opportunities and threats in the social, medical, economic and political environment. The Steering Committee will use the four assessments to determine opportunities to improve health that are not being addressed by other task forces and coalitions.