Survey will be discussed |

Survey will be discussed

by Jeff Munson, Staff Writer

Results from a county-wide survey on health issues will be unveiled in a series of public town hall meetings.

All Douglas County residents are encouraged to attend any or all three of the meetings, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

The meetings begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with formal presentations beginning at 7 p.m.

The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, with guest speaker Dr. Joe Inguanza, president of Professional Research Consultants, which conducted the survey of 400 Douglas County residents taken throughout the month of August.

Inguanza will discuss the the survey results and compare Douglas County with other communities of the same size. His presentation will include a demographic analysis and a survey conclusion.

The second meeting, entitled “Do we have the resources to ensure a healthy community?” will be a panel discussion of Douglas County leaders and health care advocates.

Panelists include Sheriff Ron Pierini, Karen Edwards, executive director of Family Support Council, William Jenkins, of Douglas County Mental Health, John Amundson, community advocate, John Soderman of the Douglas County School District, and Scott Morgan, Douglas County Community Services manager.

The meeting will be moderated by Suzanne Stockdale.

The third meeting, “Where Do We Go From Here?” will be a round table discussion about the formation and implementation of a Community Health Initiative.

The health survey was paid for by Carson-Tahoe Hospital, Barton Memorial Hospital, Carson Valley Medical Center and Douglas County.

Officials hope to use information collected from the survey to prioritize health issues in the county, said Cheri Johnson, community relations manager for Carson-Tahoe Hospital.

The hope is to address public health issues in the survey by applying for grant money.