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Community Needs Assesment survey reviewed

Friday, January 21, 2011

Indiana State University Psychology Department Chairperson Virgil Sheets explains findings from a Clay County survey conducted by St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
For the most part, Virgil Sheets believes Clay County residents enjoy their surroundings.

"Generally, people seem inclined to like living here," Sheets told an audience Friday at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

The Indiana State University Psychology Department Chairperson was on hand to discuss a Community Needs Assessment survey the hospital conducted late 2010. The meeting took place at the hospital's Medical Office Building Community Room.

Approximately 40 health care, county Clay Community School Corporation and other officials attended the meeting.

The hospital distributed the surveys via direct mail to 1,200 county residents. More than 50 questions were included in the survey.

Hospital officials said the survey helped determine what the community may need in the future.

For example, in 2006, the hospital conducted another survey and found there was an increased awareness of diabetes. The hospital then put together classes on the disease.

Hospital officials tweaked the 2006 survey to come up with the recent questionnaire.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital Administrator Jerry Laue said he believed the findings presented showed a leadership void within the community.

"We've got to find a bridge to pull this all together," Laue said.

Sheets informed those in attendance Friday that very few people under the age of 35 took part in the survey and the overwhelming respondents were female.

He added neither he nor his colleagues have analyzed data from other community surveys of like size to Clay County.

Among demographic questions on the survey included age, gender, marital status, employment, address, and seniors per household, children per household, education level, income level and ethnicity.

Among healthcare questions, the survey included physical health rating, mental health rating, stress rating at work and home, specific conditions, doctor visits and dental check-ups.

Questions regarding tobacco included smoking frequency, smokeless tobacco frequency, and tobacco use in the past year, whether a person quit in the past year, did they seek help, household smokers and whether or not respondents believed second-hand smoke was harmful.

Exercise and weight loss questions included doctor-advised weight loss and exercising.

The survey also included questions about health care in general and community based as well as offering respondents an opportunity to comment.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital representative Andrea Baysinger said she intends to take the findings of the survey to a Community Round Table, which meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the YMCA of Clay County.

Baysinger added the findings from the survey will be posted on the hospital's website, www.stvincent.org/St-Vincent-Clay/Defaul..., soon and a link will be added to The Brazil Times' website, www.thebraziltimes.com.

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