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VNA: Weigh in on health needs in Moffat, Routt counties

Tamera Manzanares

It's a rare day that we don't think about our health, our family's health or the wellbeing of others around us. Maybe you worry about diabetes, cancer or mental health or are concerned about how the economy, housing and other factors are influencing wellness in our communities.

Residents of Moffat and Routt counties are encouraged to weigh in on these important issues by taking part in a Community Health Needs Assessment. The project seeks to answer an important and complicated question: What do our communities need to be healthier?

Residents can share their feedback by taking an online survey or attending a community forum. The Health Needs Assessment will help community partners understand key problems affecting people's health and develop programs and goals to address those problems. This may involve strengthening or creating new health services, programs and resources and spurring dialogue among community leaders about how to improve the overall health environment.

"We are focused on hearing from people in all walks of life and all parts or our counties. High level data only tells part of the story," said Lisa Brown, CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse AssociationNorthwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. “People sharing what is happening in their neighborhoods, work and lives will help create the opportunity for everyone to live their best life.”. "People sharing what is happening in their neighborhoods, work and lives will help create the opportunity for everyone to live their best life."

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. "People sharing what is happening in their neighborhoods, work and lives will help create the opportunity for everyone to live their best life."

The online survey, which takes about 10 minutes, focuses on what factors are needed for a healthy community and which of those are sufficient or lacking where we live. The project's organizers hope to learn more about residents' perspectives of disease, risky behaviors and lifestyle choices and health education and resources available in our communities. They also want to know how our communities are succeeding in keeping people healthy.

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"We are listening and look forward to sharing what we hear in the upcoming year," Brown said.

To take the survey or see a schedule of community forums, go to nwcovna.org/events.php. Residents who complete the online survey will have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to City Market. Paper surveys are available at the Northwest Colorado VNA in Craig. The first 10 people to attend a community forum will receive $25 gift certificates.

Tamera Manzanares is Marketing Coordinator at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. She can be reached at Tamera Manzanares is Marketing Coordinator at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. She can be reached at tmanzanares@nwcovna.org or 970-871-7642.Tamera Manzanares is Marketing Coordinator at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. She can be reached at tmanzanares@nwcovna.org or 970-871-7642.

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