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Health survey planned

April 16, 2019

Local health organizations are requesting community input as they work to develop a road map to better health for Watertown area residents.

The Watertown Department of Public Health, Watertown Regional Medical Center and the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, in collaboration with Dodge and Jefferson county partners, are working to complete a community health assessment, which will be used as a tool to prioritize significant health needs and to create a plan for improving the overall health of the community.

As part of the assessment, a community health survey has been created to capture area residents’ opinions on the health challenges of the region.

“The survey is a critical component of the health needs assessment. I encourage everyone to take the survey. The more information we can gather, the more effective we can be in creating healthy communities,” said Richard Keddington, the chief executive officer of the Watertown Regional Medical Center. “We are looking to receive input from more than 1,000 local residents.”

The surveys can be accessed online by visiting the webpage of any of the sponsoring organizations:

-- Beaver Dam Community Hospital: www.bdch.com

-- Dodge County Human Service and Health Department: www.co.dodge.wi.us

-- Fort Health Care: www.forthealthcare.com

-- Jefferson County Health Department: www.Jeffersoncountywi.gov

-- Watertown Department of Public Health: www.ci.watertown.wi.us

-- Watertown Regional Medical Center: www.watertownregional.com

A paper version, available in English and Spanish, may be completed at the following Watertown locations: Department of Public Health, senior and community center, Watertown Public Library and the municipal building. The survey is anonymous.

The deadline for completed surveys is Friday, April 26. Results will be made available at a community health summit on May 9, through local media and on the websites of each organization.

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