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Leaders and community members assess 2015 health survey

Health leaders and community members gathered to look at what matters most to residents when it comes to health services Tuesday. (SBG image)

EUGENE, Ore. – After a year-long process, the results from the 2015 Lane County Community Health Assessment survey are in.

Tuesday night, health leaders and community members gathered to look at what matters most to residents when it comes to health services.

Surveys and focus groups narrowed the needs down to five categories ranging from employment to mental health and care to nutrition.

Residents say some of the challenges lie in tobacco use, substance abuse, mental health and access to healthcare.

According to Dr. Rick Kincade, Lane County made an improvement in health ranking in the state of Oregon, going from 17th to 12th among other counties.

This was all a collaboration between United Way, Lane County Public Health, PeaceHealth, and Trillium.

Surveys and forums are conducted every three years to inform the next community health improvement plan.

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