Assessment offers community a voice

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs A community assessment of USARHAW quality of life, including research on health care and facilities, and including the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic (above), is underway. An online survey and focus groups will continue through July 31. (Photo: Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

A community assessment of USARHAW quality of life, including research on health care and facilities, and including the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic (above), is underway. An online survey and focus groups will continue through July 31. (Photo: Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Linda Bass
U.S. Army Public Health Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —How do you feel about your community?
Does your community meet your needs? Are there things you would change about it?
Your opinion matters, and your local Community Health Promotion Council (CHPC) wants to hear from you.

Assessment survey
The first-ever Community Strengths and Themes Assessment (CSTA) is underway at U.S. Army-Hawaii (USARHAW) and will run through July 31st.

Developed as a “holistic approach to assess the community for needs, this survey is designed to capture the pulse of our community members’ feelings on quality of life, health, safety and satisfaction” within the USARHAW environment.

The assessment is one part of a collaborative effort between local Health Promotion Operations and Army Public Health Nursing (APHN) to complete a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment and will be executed in two parts – an online survey followed by focus groups.

Targeted topics  
Survey questions cover a wide variety of topics related to health, wellness and resiliency, and how well community programs and services address community members’ needs.

Participants will be asked such questions as “What do you think are the three most important factors for a ‘healthy community?’” and “What do you think are the top five most important ‘health problems’ in your community?”

Participants will also be asked questions that will test their knowledge of certain local and Army-wide programs and initiatives, as well as identify preferred methods for receiving information about programs and services.
Focus groups will convene toward the end of the survey period to gather additional information from community members that, when combined with survey results, will produce a well-rounded set of data and community input that will potentially shape future program and service delivery.

Focus groups will be demographic specific and include the following: retirees, active duty Soldiers, Army civilians, contractors and non-appropriated fund (NAF) employees, spouses and youth (ages 13-18).

Findings reported
Results of the assessment will be briefed to senior community leaders at the quarterly USARHAW CHPC and are expected to play a role in the identification of council priorities. Additionally, top identified issues will be assigned to functional working groups for the development of action plans and processes to address those needs.

Take the survey, be a part of a focus group and make your voice count.
(Note: Bass is the Health Promotion officer for USARHAW. General information about the CSTA is referenced from U.S. Army Public Health Command information papers.)

Join a Focus Group
Community members who wish to participate in a focus group should email the Health Promotion officer, Linda Bass, in global email. Please provide your full name, contact information and which focus group you would like to participant in. Each focus group will be limited to 15 participants.

Parents of youth who wish to participate in a focus group should also contact the Health Promotion officer for a permission form.
Focus group dates, times and locations will be disseminated to selected participants via email.

How to Take the Survey
All USARHAW community members are encouraged to participate. The survey should take 15-20 minutes and is available online at the following link:
https://usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/Survey/se.ashx?s=251137454A49E7B5.

 

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