BEND, OR -- The Central Oregon Health Council is gathering community feedback in an effort to help local agencies determine how to improve the health of those throughout the tri-county area. Heather Kaisner, with Deschutes County Public Health, says a regional survey is designed to get information on what makes it easy to be healthy in the High Desert, "And then barriers and difficulty that they face in Central Oregon around being healthy. We have our ideas and we have statistics that we use, but we also think that we really need to reach out to the community to help guide the work we do." While transportation, recreational opportunities and socio-economic factors can all contribute to a community’s overall health, Kaisner says it’s important to hear directly from the public.
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It’s the first time the Council has tried to engage the community through an online survey. "This is kind of our first step in gathering information," Kaisner tells KBND News. "And, part of why we’re doing this is to see what our reach is. How many people do take it is a good way of getting information back to us, so that’s part of why we’re doing this and it’s something we’ll continue if it works."
The survey is open through Tuesday, October 31, then the Council will provide each county with the data. Kaisner says, "We have our different regional health planning work groups on different health issues, so by getting a better understanding of how people perceive barriers in our community around health, will help really guide our future work."