Your input wanted on our community's health needs
The Mount Washington Valley community is invited to a public forum to discuss the health status of our community and how we can work to improve it at the Theater in the Woods on Monday, March 14 from 3-5 PM.
Every three years, Memorial Hospital and other local non-profit health care providers including White Mountain Community Health Center are required to conduct a community health needs assessment, which details health status indicators for the area they serve. Memorial Hospital worked with the Community Health Collaborative (of which WMCHC is a member) and the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health to complete the Carroll County 2015 Shared Community Health Needs Assessment. The report is available at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/about/community-health-initiatives.
The forum is the next step of the process. It will be an opportunity to look at the major findings in the assessment, and discuss next steps. The forum will include breakout groups to discuss health topics of particular importance to this area, including aging, substance misuse and mental health, and obesity. The public's input will be gathered at the event and will be used to inform the development of health improvement plans for this area.
In particular, Memorial Hospital and its community partners aim to solicit input and feedback from stakeholders in the community, identify local assets and resources, and identify gaps in resources and infrastructure. The groups are hoping that a broad cross section of the community will be represented at the forum, including those involved in healthcare and public health, minority populations, business and civic leadership, funding agencies, government officials, non-profit organizations, child care providers, educators, veterans, and others with an interest in community health.
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by March 10 by calling (603) 356-5461 x2187 or by registering online at tinyurl.com/MemorialCHNA.