Community Health Survey Under Way

Community wide health survey online through November 15, 2010
October 18, 2010

The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, which includes the Fairfax County Health Department, is conducting a community wide health survey online through November 15, 2010. Everyone who lives, works or plays in the Fairfax community, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna, is encouraged to take the brief anonymous survey by visiting the Health Department website.

"This is an opportunity for everyone to participate and make a difference in community health," said Julie Knight, co-chair of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax. "We need to hear from the community about what is important, what our public health priorities should be."

The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is a coalition of community members and organizations working together to improve community health. The survey is one part of a nationally recognized process called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). The framework helps communities like Fairfax apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them.

"This assessment will help us gather invaluable input from our diverse community," said Lavern Chatman, co-chair of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax. "We will take what we learn to develop a meaningful understanding of the issues that members of our community feel are important."

The results of the survey will be evaluated along with information gathered through several other assessments in the community. In the coming months, the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax will identify strategic issues, formulate goals, and develop broad strategies in an effort to achieve optimal health and well-being for the entire Fairfax community.

Printable versions of the survey are available on the health department's website in six languages. Members of the public who want to learn more about the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax or get involved may visit the Health Department's website , e-mail or call 703-246-8856.

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