Finger Lakes Health, Public Health Department, conduct assessment

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Finger Lakes Health is collaborating with Public Health Departments in the counties it serves – Ontario, Seneca, and Yates, as well as other hospitals in those counties, to conduct a health needs assessment in the community.

The results of this assessment will help define the health priorities in the region. Results from these surveys, focus groups, and other sources, such as disease prevalence data, will together paint an overall picture of the health needs of the communities served by the region’s hospitals and health departments.

Finger Lakes Health and the public health departments will then use the information to guide future development of programs and services to address the needs identified by community members.

“We encourage area residents to take part in the survey and be part of shaping the future programs and services to meet the health needs in our communities,” said Lara Turbide, Vice President, Community Services, for Finger Lakes Health.

Area residents can access the survey online by visiting Finger Lakes Health’s website –, and clicking on the button with a picture of a computer mouse that says “Make Your Needs Heard – Take an Online Survey Today.” The button will take the viewer to the needs assessment site, where he/she can click on the appropriate county of residence.

The link for the survey can also be found in Finger Lakes Health’s spring edition of Thrive, our community health magazine that was recently mailed to more than 80,000 homes in our service area.

Those who do not have computer access and would like a paper version of the survey, can call Finger Lakes Health’s Community Services office at 315- 787-4053 and one will be mailed.