By EDIE CAMPE
Last June, 1,200 Clay County residents were given the opportunity to express their opinions about the county and what it has to offer.
So far only 330 residents have taken the time to fill out and return the Clay County Assessment Survey to the St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
The surveys were randomly mailed to residents throughout Clay County, regardless of age, social status or race.
"About every three years the hospital puts together a community needs assessment survey," said Andrea Baysinger, Clinical and Community Education Coordinator.
Questions on the survey touch on health care options, transportation, income, infrastructure of the various communities in the county and even included a suggestion area.
Data from the questions will be analyzed and compiled by Indiana State University's Center for Instruction, Research and Technology and compiled into target issues that will be discussed at the next Community Roundtable meeting in the fall, she said.
Major goals for the assessment survey are to look at the services available to the community, consider gaps and areas that need work within services, figure out solutions and implement actions to make Clay County a better place, Baysinger said.
The survey is a way for residents to point out the good and the bad about their community, she said.
"If anyone has ever wanted to voice their opinion about the community, this is their chance," she said
Surveys will be accepted through the week of Aug. 7th, but need to be returned as soon as possible.