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Survey aimed at improving quality of life in McHenry County

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 5:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County government and other area providers are looking for feedback from county residents on quality of life issues.

A survey that will be available on the county health department’s website, mcdh.info, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15 will ask respondents to rate the quality and availability of services, including public transportation, walking and biking paths, jobs, safe neighborhoods, health care and insurance options.

One “glaring” problem that earlier studies conducted in 2006 and 2010 helped identify was that residents weren’t sure how to access services, health department spokeswoman Debra Quackenbush said.

That led to the development of the 2-1-1 information and referral hotline, which went live this past April.

Information from the upcoming survey will be used by a partnership of 18 organizations to develop action plans aimed at obesity, cardiovascular issues, dental care, mental health and substance abuse, Quackenbush said.

Survey answers are confidential and anonymous, according to a health department news release.

In addition to the online survey, which can be found by visiting mcdh.info and following the “Healthy McHenry” link after Jan. 25, paper versions of the survey will be available in English and Spanish.

Respondents also will be provided with a prestamped and addressed envelope.

Residents don’t need to be users of health and human services to respond to the survey.

The results will be presented at a community forum at McHenry County College from 9 a.m. to noon May 21.

Any questions can be directed to healthymchenry@gmail.com or to Quackenbush at 815-334-4456.

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