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Forums kick off Tuesday for YVMC/VNA health needs assesment

The Community Health Needs Assessment survey can be taken online at www.nwcovna.org/events.php.
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If you go:

Health assessment forums hosted by YVMC and NWCOVNA

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at YVMC, 1024 Central Park Dr.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at YVMC, for Spanish speakers

• 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at Haven Community Center, 300 S. Shelton St., Hayden

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at South Routt Community Center, 227 Dodge Ave., Oak Creek

— A series of community forums kicks off Tuesday to help with the creation of a local health improvement plan.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Yampa Valley Medical Center hope the forums and a public health needs survey will offer valuable information to create a Community Health Improvement Plan.

If you go:

Health assessment forums hosted by YVMC and NWCOVNA



• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at YVMC, 1024 Central Park Dr.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at YVMC, for Spanish speakers

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• 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at Haven Community Center, 300 S. Shelton St., Hayden

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at South Routt Community Center, 227 Dodge Ave., Oak Creek

The information collected should provide a picture of how local residents feel about healthcare, the availability of various services and access to resources and information.

“What we’re really trying to offer the community is to help us look beyond just number-driven data,” said Charity Neal, director of public health for the VNA. “We can get a lot of numbers, but what we can’t get is what’s important to people.”

The first forum takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. The first 10 attendees will receive $25 gift certificates for participating.

Additional forums are planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at YVMC for Spanish speakers, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at Haven Community Center in Hayden, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at South Routt Community Center in Oak Creek.

In addition to the forums, all residents are encouraged to take a confidential online survey, available at http://www.nwcovna.org/events.php. Paper surveys are available at the Steamboat Springs VNA office, 940 Central Park Drive.

Survey respondents who provide their name are eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to City Market for participating.

Neal said organizers have received a good response on the survey from women ages 30 to 50 but are seeking additional younger and older respondents and more men to answer. The survey takes about 10 minutes.

“We’re looking for people that wouldn’t normally fill out the survey to fill out the survey,” Neal said.

In addition to community input, the VNA and YVMC also held community leader forums earlier this month in Hayden, Craig, Steamboat and Oak Creek.

The information collected will be used to help shape YVMC’s community impact priorities and to guide the VNA’s public health improvement planning over the next year, Neal said.

“It will really drive a lot of priorities,” she said.

For more information, visit http://www.nwcovna.org/events.php.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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