Survey data aims to help health network provide services

AUGUSTA — Healthy Living for ME has opened the response period for its 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment and is encouraging Mainers to participate.

The survey results will allow HL4ME, Maine’s Community Integrated Health Network, to obtain the information needed to best serve and support all adult Mainers. The survey is being conducted in collaboration with the University of New England’s Master of Public Health Program and partners on the Community Health Needs Assessment.

To fill out the survey, Mainers can visit: forms.office.com/r/RgLWj5nThn. A link to the survey also can be found on Healthy Living for Maine’s Facebook page, facebook.com/HLforME, or on Spectrum Generations’ website at spectrumgenerations.org.

If someone would like to respond to the survey, but would prefer to do it by phone, they can call HL4ME at 800-620-6036.

The survey generally takes less than 10 minutes to complete. It will be available online through July

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Clark County among least healthy counties in Ohio, according to national data

Clark County’s ranking looks at the most recent health data available for factors like adult obesity (37%), low birthweight babies (9%) and flu vaccination rates (48%). But the rankings also consider a range of social factors that drive health like high school completion (89%), severe housing problems (13%) and children living in poverty (21%).

Those figures are then compared to the state and national average to determine a county’s ranking.

Marietta Orlowski, chair of the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at Wright State University, said it is important to measure social drivers of health because they are important root causes of health outcomes and because things that get measured tend to also get resources.

For example, people can learn at the doctor’s office how to properly manage their asthma.

“But if they’re living in an environment with poor air quality and mold, doing a behavior-oriented intervention isn’t going

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