Weigh in on our community's top health issues by attending tonight's public forum

In foreground, Charlotte Marthaler, assistant director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, left, visits with the Rev. Verdell Taylor during a public health forum Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. They were visiting while people weighed in on their top health concerns by placing votes and messages on poster boards.

In foreground, Charlotte Marthaler, assistant director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, left, visits with the Rev. Verdell Taylor during a public health forum Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. They were visiting while people weighed in on their top health concerns by placing votes and messages on poster boards. by Karrey Britt

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has held several public forums to discuss the findings of its Community Health Assessment, and the last one is today.

It will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. Child care will be provided.

Findings from the recently released Douglas County Community Health Assessment will be presented. Residents are urged to attend to provide input on the results, identify root causes and to suggest the next steps in the process, which will involve the creation of a community health improvement plan.

About 60 people attended last Wednesday's forum in Lawrence. The group's top health concern was inadequate access to mental health services.

To see the full community health assessment report, go to ldchealth.org.

To watch a video that will change your views on health and health care, watch the video “Let’s Start a Conversation," which is posted below.

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