Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Harford County Community Input Survey

Voice your opinion about the local community. Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey about the life, health and well-being of Harford County. Your responses will be kept anonymous. The survey will be open until December 1, 2012.

For completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Target Gift Card.

To begin the survey, click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FYLSM7P

Background information:

The Harford County Health Department is in the process of conducting a Community Health Improvement Process. We are currently interested in community feedback on two documents which outline the county’s process:

  • Community Health Assessment
  • Community Health Improvement Plan

Community Health Assessment:

A collaborative, data-driven process that:

  • Describes the health status of a population
  • Identifies areas for health improvement
  • Determines factors that contribute to health issues
  • Identifies resources that can be mobilized to improve the population’s health

3 critical health issues identified by the process include:

  • Obesity Prevention/Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle – affecting heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and other disease rates
  • Tobacco Use Prevention/Smoke-Free Living – reflecting a need to reduce the rising adult and tobacco use rates in the County
  • Behavioral Health, including Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention – reflecting a need to reduce the suicide rate in the County

Community Health Improvement Plan:

A long-term, systematic process for addressing issues identified in the Community Health Assessment in order to improve health outcomes for Harford County.

Strategies for addressing obesity, tobacco use, and behavioral health issues include:

  • Obesity Prevention
    • Increasing access to healthy foods
    • Enhancing the built environment
    • Creating a “Community of Wellness”
  • Tobacco Use Prevention
    • Promoting community awareness
    • Encouraging workplaces to be smoke-free
    • Policy changes regarding sales to minors
  • Behavioral Health
    • Integrating and improving the delivery of substance abuse and mental health services