“Using a robust mix of education and engagement activities such as think tanks, newsletters, paper and online surveys, community presentations, and the Community HealthCare Forum workshop, the process provides many opportunities for residents to share their thoughts, concerns, and healthcare experiences,” a press release from Project Coordinator Jaylene Arnold reads.
The need for residents and healthcare professionals to engage in an “open and constructive conversation” was identified through open houses, ‘Talk of the Town’ episodes and social media over the past year. The conversations are said to “support the community’s social and economic interests and objectives” moving into the near future.
“Being able to educate residents about primary healthcare, highlight the importance of the community’s involvement in the recruitment and retention of physicians, and identify some of the opportunities for partnerships, while gathering their input along the way, will be invaluable in the decisions we make moving forward,” Project Chair Laurie Dolan writes.
Focus groups, including local healthcare professionals and a random sample of residents are said to be slated for early December.
A newsletter outlining opportunities for community input will be distributed to all homes and businesses in February 2015, and according to Arnold, public input will be sought through printed and online surveys, at community presentations, and during the Community HealthCare Forum workshop in March 2015.