Health Department Launches Discovery Effort for Needs Assessment

By: Sam Jarvis, MS, CERC, Emergency Preparedness Planner

During the weeks of July 14 through July 27, Johnson County Public Health will travel door to door to select households in Coralville, Iowa City and North Liberty to ask residents about their health. A survey team of public health staff and volunteers will travel ‘door to door’ to ask residents about where they live, work, learn, and play in the community. Households will receive a postcard reminder in the coming days to let them know if they were selected.

“The ‘door to door’ surveying is part of a larger community health needs assessment strategy,” said JCPH Community Health Division Manager, Dr. Nalo Johnson. “JCPH staff and volunteers are conducting smaller surveys at community events across the county over the summer as well.”

Every five years the health department and community partners conduct a comprehensive community health assessment to identify health priorities in Johnson County. JCPH has increased its efforts to ensure broad community engagement with this assessment process. “Our goal is to make sure identified health priorities are reflective of what community members are telling us. Thus we are undertaking multiple ways in which we are collecting information from the community.”

The health department is hoping residents will take the time to answer the 10-minute survey as well as learn more about the community health needs assessment process, called HealthyJoCo.

For more information on the JCPH Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan efforts, visit the HealthyJoCo website at:

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