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Blog: Area residents encouraged to take healthy community survey Jan. 25 through Feb. 15

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McHenry County residents have the opportunity to improve the quality of life in their communities by filling out an anonymous and confidential opinion survey designed by local health and human service providers. As part of the 2014 McHenry County Healthy Community Study, these providers would like  feedback on the different aspects of living and working in McHenry County to identify trends and to guide community planning efforts to meet local needs and future growth.  Earlier county studies were conducted in 2006 and 2010. Those results can be found on the McHenry County Department of Health’s webpage

Residents can access the 2014 survey at the same webpage by linking to from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15.  They will be asked to rate the quality and availability of services in their community, such as public transportation, bike and walking paths, jobs and safe neighborhoods, as well as health care issues and insurance options.

A paper version of the survey, both English and Spanish, is also being distributed by these providers for those without computers. For those taking the paper version, a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be provided so there is no cost to participants. All answers received will be combined with other responses to ensure confidentiality.

This is a great opportunity for county residents to have their voices heard.  Everyone is encouraged to complete the survey whether or not services are used. Results of the Healthy Community Study will be presented at a community forum from 9 a.m. to noon May 21 at McHenry County College. Direct any questions about the survey to or Debra Quackenbush, McHenry County Department of Health at 815-334-4456.