Four community conversations to prioritize health concerns facing Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have been scheduled during February by the Community Health Assessment Partnership.
These meetings are a follow-up to a Fall, 2017 survey of more than 3,400 residents of the two counties. Survey results will be presented at the meetings and attendees will have an opportunity to help select the health areas which should receive priority attention as action plans move forward.
This process will refine and focus the overall survey results, which indicated a variety of areas where those who responded said resources were needed.
The community conversations are free, and will include light refreshments and prize drawings. They will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at each location: the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls on Feb. 12 ; the Augusta Senior Center on Feb. 19; Cornell High School on Feb. 21; and in the Eau Claire room at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire on Feb. 22.
“We had a great response to our survey, and we’re excited to share the results with community members and get feedback in prioritizing our action plans,” said Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil, Community Health Assessment project manager.
Lieske Giese, Eau Claire City-County Health Department director, said that it takes many people’s efforts to improve the communities’ health.
“This opportunity to meet with community members throughout our area is extremely valuable in prioritizing our commitment to improving the health and wellness of our citizens,” she said.
The Community Health Assessment Partnership is a collaborative venture involving municipal and county health departments, as well as local health care facilities and nonprofit organizations. Coalition members expect to reduce duplication of efforts by working together to address the needs that are identified, and to improve the overall regional impact in the process.
Coalition members include the Chippewa County Department of Public Health, Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership, Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Eau Claire Healthy Communities, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.