Community Input Wanted on County Health Survey

Putnam Health Department seeks feedback to select priorities

Community members have an opportunity to make Putnam County a better place to live and work. In a first-time move, the Putnam County Department of Health (DOH) and Putnam Hospital Center have developed a “community asset survey” to gain insight into what the public feels are the greatest strengths of the community and where resources would best be spent to develop a healthier community. The quick, easy-to-complete survey is launching in May, and everyone who lives or works in Putnam County is encouraged to voice their opinions. The survey is accessible on the homepage of the Putnam County website at and will run until June 30.

“This is not just a health survey,” said Dr. Allen Beals, commissioner of health for the DOH. “It’s much broader, covering all sorts of issues, such as neighborhood safety, recreational activities and transportation.”

The two-page survey has just four questions. The first two ask respondents to check off four strengths and then four weaknesses from an inclusive list. The third question inquires about most important health-related issues; the fourth is about one’s usual healthcare location.

The survey is part of an overall, community-wide strategic planning process to prioritize issues and improve the health of the community so residents and those who work in or visit the county can enjoy better, more fulfilling lives. A formal and continuous process called MAPP, short for Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, is being used, and the first step in mobilization is community engagement. Input is being collected from both individuals and organizations. Nearly two dozen community organizations, both large and small, are already involved in this focused planning process. Organizations that wish to participate can still do so and are encouraged to call the DOH at 845-808-1390.

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