March 21, 2007
People wanting to participate in the East Texas Community Health Needs Assessment have until April 6 to complete the survey.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and several local health departments are assessing community health needs in East Texas, gathering information on public health, mental health, substance abuse and medical care that can be used to improve community education and disease prevention, care and treatment.
Participants can complete the anonymous survey in English or Spanish online at www.dshs.state.tx.us/easttexas. People also may request a paper copy of the survey in English or Spanish by contacting their local health department, by calling toll free (866) 447-9746 or by sending an e-mail to ETassess@dshs.state.tx.us.
Anyone who lives or works in the 35 counties covered in the assessment may take the survey. A series of 17 community forums, part of the assessment project, already has been completed.
Counties covered in the assessment are Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.
An assessment report including a profile of the area, results of the surveys and forums, a resource inventory, identification of gaps in health services, recommendations and conclusions will be available online at www.dshs.state.tx.us/easttexas by May 27. Results will be provided at regional, county and ZIP-code levels.
(News media: for more information, contact Dr. Paul McGaha, DSHS Health Services Region 4/5 North, Tyler, 903-533-5264; or Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.)