Glynn Couny Health needs Survey

Glynn Couny Health needs Survey

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Doctor Jay

Kingsland, GA

#1 Sep 5, 2013

For Immediate release:

Coastal Health District to conduct community health needs assessment in McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden Counties

Rresidents are invited to participate in the anonymous survey, available at

Coastal Health District is seeking input from McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden County residents to identify and address health care needs and concerns. Beginning today, citizens are invited to participate in a survey to discuss their own health and safety needs and to weigh in on their perceptions of gaps in health and safety services. Information gathered in this process will be used to help the Coastal Health District establish priorities for public health programming.

Working with the Coastal Health District is the School of Business and Public Affairs at the College of Coastal Georgia. Led by Mary Eleanor Wickersham, upper level students in the Public Affairs program will be collecting and analyzing data from citizens across the community and hosting focus groups for key stakeholders who influence health care.

The key part of the needs assessment is the resident survey. Questions range from demographic data to information about health problems and barriers to access to health care. All survey data will be anonymous. No one, including the researchers, can identify who submitted the survey. According to Dr. Wickersham,“This type of survey will allow us to gather a large amount of data that will guide public health programming decisions, while protecting the privacy of citizens who participate.” The goal of the survey is to get a thorough overview of the health and safety problems county residents face and how public health can engage with others in the community to tackle those problems. The data from citizens will help drive decisions and ensure that the Coastal Health District focuses on the areas of greatest need and potential impact.

Citizens are urged to participate online by going to the following link, Survey participants are asked to respond to a series of questions that will help researchers identify Camden County’s most significant health problems and concerns and gain information about gaps in the system of care. In order to ensure that the sample of respondents is representative, special care will be taken to include groups that might miss an online survey, including those without computers and those with health care conditions that might limit participation.

Some organizations in the community will be inviting their employees to take a few minutes to complete the survey to ensure wider participation. If your organization would like to help, please email Dr. Wickersham at [email protected] with information about where to send the link for further distribution. Higher numbers of participants means that the information derived will offer more accurate results.

Thank you.

Jay Moreno

CCGA Public Administration major

Camden County co-ordinator
Doc Jay

Kingsland, GA

#3 Sep 5, 2013
Ooops. All the Glynn County residents n your list.

“Master o Public Administration”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#6 Sep 7, 2013
Questions About You and Your Health

17. Do you eat a healthy diet, low in fat, with 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day?


18. How often do you exercise?

Once or twice a week
Three to four times a week
More than 4 times a week
Seldom or never

19. Do you smoke or use tobacco?


20. If you are a woman, how often do you drink four or more alcoholic drinks in a two hour period? If you are a man, how often do you drink five or more alcoholic drinks in a two hour period?

Please note the question is different for women and men.
Several times a week
Several times a month
Once a month
A few times a year

21. Do you currently have or have you been affected by any of the following health issues?

Please mark all that apply.
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Lung cancer
Breast cancer
Colon cancer
Prostate cancer
Liver disease
COPD (not including asthma)
Seasonal allergies
Mental health problems or behavioral disorders
Alzheimer’s disease
Kidney disease
Any sort of muscular or bone disease
Any disease of the nervous system
Drug addiction
None of these

22. Please identify areas in which there are gaps in health care in your home county, that is, can you identify the types of health services and resources that are not currently available to you and your family?

Personal doctor or healthcare provider to handle most of my illnesses (primary care doctor)
Doctor who provides specialty services like someone to manage diabetes or arthritis (specialist)
Hospital care
Pediatric care (care for babies and children)
Free care for people who can’t afford it
Mental health services
Dental care
Physical therapy
Public health services
Home care services
Nursing homes
Assisted living
None of these

23. In the past 5 years, has anyone in your household been negatively affected by any of the issues listed below?

Please mark all that apply.
Domestic violence
Alcohol abuse
Drug abuse
Drunk driving
Gang activity
Gun violence
Motor vehicle accidents
On the job injuries
Sexual assault
Sports injuries
Water safety accidents
Failure to use helmets when riding a bike or motorcycle
Failure to use child safety car seats
Failure to use seat belts in a motor vehicle
None of the above

24. In the past year, has anyone in your household been negatively affected by any of the issues listed below?

Please mark all that apply.
Junk food and sugary drinks at school
Lack of meal planning
Lack of nutritional knowledge
Not enough physical activity
Lack of safe places to exercise
Lack of sidewalks
Obese or overweight
None of these

25. Do you have an emergency evacuation plan you could use in the event of a flood, hurricane, or wildfire?


26. Would you be able to evacuate in the case of a hurricane, flooding, or other natural disaster?


27. Where do you get your health information (resources and educational information)?

Please mark all that apply.
Bulletin boards
Healthcare providers, including your doctor or nurse
Public health department

28. Do you have access to a computer and the internet for looking up health information?


29. Do you need help with daily living activities like driving, shopping, dressing, cooking, or housekeeping?


“Master o Public Administration”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#7 Sep 7, 2013
Community Health Needs Assessment


Questions About You and Your Health

30. How often do you feel that you get the social and emotional support you need?

All the time
I don’t need any social or emotional support

31. Have you ever accessed any of the following services at your public health department?

Please check all that apply.
Family planning
Advice on a health condition
Mother and baby care before and after delivery
Access to benefits from the WIC program
Dental, hearing, health or vision screening
Medical appointment
Blood tests
Health information
Never accessed any public health services

32. What do you think are the top three social problems in your county that affect the health of individuals and families?

Child abuse/child neglect
Domestic violence
Violence/crime, including fear of crime
Gang activity
Lack of affordable housing
Sub-standard housing
Lack of after-school activities
Lack of access for persons with disabilities
Low paying jobs with no benefits
Lack of personal responsibility

33. What do you consider the top two environmental problems in your county?

Air quality/pollution
Water quality/pollution
Hazardous waste sites
Agricultural pesticides
Exposure to tobacco smoke
Septic system runoff
Rodents and other pests
Threat of hurricanes and flooding

34. What are the three most important factors that make this county a good place to live?

Community involvement
Low crime rate/safe neighborhoods
Good schools
Access to higher education
Access to good health care
Parks and recreation
Clean environment
Affordable housing
Acceptance of diversity
Good jobs and a healthy economy
Strong family life
Healthy behaviors and lifestyles
Low death and disease rates
Religious or spiritual values
Arts and cultural events

35. What do you think is the worst health or safety problem in your county?

36. What one thing could the public health department do to improve the health and safety of citizens in your county?

“Master o Public Administration”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#8 Sep 7, 2013
Now that you have had an opportunity to review the survey, please click on the link below and take the on-line survey.

Rest assured that your total anonymity is guaranteed in accordance with federal law.

Thank you.

Kingsland, GA

#9 Oct 1, 2013

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