Public urged to weigh in on health issues at community forums, online

Findings from the recently released Douglas County Community Health Assessment will be presented at four upcoming forums.

Residents are urged to attend the forums 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.

Forum dates are:

  • Wednesday, May 9 – Community Health Facility, Lawrence, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15 – Eudora Community Center, Eudora at 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 16 – Library, Baldwin City at 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17 – Community Health Facility, Lawrence at 7-8:30 p.m.

Child care will be provided at both Lawrence forums. For residents unable to attend the forums, a website is now available for people to post their comments and engage in a discussion on the results of the assessment at

To see the full community health assessment report, go to To watch a video that will change your views on health and health care, watch “Let’s Start a Conversation” at or on the Health Department’s YouTube channel at

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Ali Edwards 6 years, 5 months ago

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Ali Edwards 6 years, 5 months ago

Great report! One of the pieces of information I found most interesting is the recognition and pinpointing of poverty hotspots in Lawrence.

I will be attending one of the forums. I'm excited to hear more about the report and to talk about the answers to, "We have all this information. Now what?"

cholt 6 years, 5 months ago

Ali, thanks so much, and so glad you can attend a forum to give your two cents. We agree that "now what?" is the question of the hour. We are excited to see what the community develops for a comprehensive plan for improvement -- and we will need all the help we can get (with its development and then taking action)!

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