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Resources For Healthy Lives In Washington County Produced By Washington County Hospital, Health Department And I-Plan Committee, The Wellness Resource Guide Helps Let Residents Know What Health Resources Are Available Right Here

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Resources For Healthy Lives In Washington County Produced By Washington County Hospital, Health Department And I-Plan Committee, The Wellness Resource Guide Helps Let Residents Know What Health Resources Are Available Right Here

By Alex Haglund

The Washington County Wellness Resource Guide is a publication which features information on the various health, wellness and healthcare businesses, resources and facilities available to Washington County. The guide was published by Washington County Hospital and Medical Group (WCH), the Washington County Health Department (WCHD) and the Community I-Plan Committee, and came out of the community health assessment which was conducted by the same groups.

These assessments are required of hospitals every three years– though Washington County Hospital is not required to do so because they are a government hospital, they have done the assessments every three years anyway, “at least as long as I’ve been here,” said WCH CEO and President Nancy Newby.

In the past, Newby stated, she had contracted out to have the assessments carried out, but this year, “we – Sharon Frederking and Babs Frederking of the Health Department, and I, decided to work together.”

WCH and WCHD worked together, presented the plan and then created a survey which they distributed to everyone and anyone who would give them the time. Newby stated that they handed out about 1,000 surveys and received about 225 back, a good result, Newby said, given the size of the county.

Newby carried out the survey, and stated that Sharon Frederking compiled and collated the data and comparing it with data from the state of Illinois, “it correlated very well,” Newby said.

“Basically, 50-percent of our population is more than 25 pounds overweight, we have a high incidence of high cholesterol and hypertension, and most of the respondents admit that they don’t exercise,” Newby said.

In terms of good news, out of the 225 respondents, only 10-percent were smokers.

Cancer rates are high too.

“Most everyone in the county has someone in their family or work group that has cancer,” Newby said.

Even that has a bright side though – screening activities in the county, Newby said, are good and improving.

“That’s really great news,” she said. Also, “word is getting out that screening is a good way to prevent cancer.”

Another point revealed by the survey was that many of those in the community “expressed frustration that they did not know of all of the health related resource which were available to them,” said Newby.

That sentiment was what the resource guide came out.

“We are blessed with exceptional resources in our county,” Newby said. “We’ve just got to use them.”

The resource guide was published with the aid of a $5,000 grant from the ICAN. Now that it has been printed, the key is just to get it into the hands of as many people as possible.

Newby said that she has been putting the resource guide into “every beauty shop, every doctor’s office, all over the county.”

The Community Health Needs Assessment is an excellent document to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of health and healthcare in Washington County. The Wellness Resource Guide is excellent to learn about what people can do to help work towards better health.

The Wellness Resource guide has been placed at locations all over the county. The Health Needs Assessment is available to view at the administration office of Washington County Hospital.

Both documents are available to view online as well:

The Wellness Resource Guide is hosted on Washington County Hospital’s website at bit.ly/2hG76XS, or with the Nashville News on Scribd at bit.ly/2hwZkU7.

The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and Wellness Plan is available on Washington County Hospital’s website at bit.ly/2hrdhzR or with the Nashville News on Scribd at bit.ly/2hmrYGW