Written by Jesse Scheckner on August 28, 2018 The Miami-Dade County Health Department is running a public “wellbeing survey” to better formulate its Community Health Improvement Plan, a forthcoming five-year assessment of residents’ participation in local healthcare. Feedback from the survey is meant to identify the needs, opinions and views of residents in relation to their communities, according to Karen Weller, director of the county’s Office of Community Health and Planning. The information will be used to prepare the improvement plan, estimated by Ms. Weller to be completed by the end of December when the current plan expires. “Bottom line is, we would like to know what is happening in the community, so when we write our Community Health Improvement Plan we know what strategies to implement to help residents,” she said. The survey, which according to Ms. Weller will remain open “until the needed responses are received,” can be taken in English, Spanish or Haitian Creole and includes questions regarding respondents’: Upon completion of the survey, which takes about 15 minutes, respondents are given a list of resources for services related to abuse, addiction, basic needs, dental care, disability services, disaster relief, emergency aid and sheltering, employment, eye care, family health, financial aid, food, healthcare, housing, LGBT services, libraries, mental health, social security, spiritual enrichment, temporary assistance, transportation and youth development. “The feedback of our residents is vital in helping us identify the most important issues facing the community,” M. Weller wrote in an email. “The results of the survey will lead to the development of a plan that addresses the real health challenges residents face.” The Community Health Improvement Plan is being worked on in accordance with the State Health Improvement Plan, released in April, which also runs for five years. The state plan has eight areas of priority, selected using the State Health Assessment that was released in September 2017. Those areas include health equity, maternal and child health, immunization, injury, safety and violence, healthy weight, nutrition and physical activity, behavioral health, sexually transmitted and infectious diseases, and chronic disease prevention. The state is attempting to meet 18 separate goals within those eight priorities by 2021. To take the wellness survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDCWellbeing.