Local moms weigh in on community health needs

Messenger photo by Theresa Hennis
Jane Dockery (back), director of the Applied Policy Research Institute at Wright State University, and mothers (from left) Kara Muncy of London, Courtney Cooper of Urbana, and Allison Wenger of Galloway discuss health topics and concerns related to mothers and infants. The focus group is one of several associated with the Madison County Community Health Assessment.

(Posted Oct. 10, 2019)

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer

On Oct. 3, Madison Health hosted a maternal and infant health focus group for the Madison County Community Health Assessment. Community coordinators from Madison County Public Health were on hand to answer questions.

Jane Dockery, director of the Applied Policy Research Institute at Wright State University, led the discussion. She asked several questions of the mothers who attended to determine the top health issues they and their infants face and the kinds of resources and services they would welcome.

Dockery asked the mothers about their experiences with their children’s doctors and their own doctors, if doctor visit costs were prohibitive, their perceptions of smoking/vaping during pregnancy, their viewpoints pro or con on vaccinations, and more.

“This is one of several focus groups we’re doing,” said Chris Cook, Madison County health commissioner. “The health department works with the hospital every three years to do an entire community health assessment. What this will culminate in is a picture of our community’s health.”

Based on the information gathered, coordinators will create a community health improvement plan that outlines where they will focus their efforts over the next three years.

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