March 25, 2008
DSHS Plans Community Health Needs Assessment in West Texas
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will begin assessing community health needs in 12 West Texas counties today (March 25).
The Regional Community Health Assessment will gather information on barriers to access to public health, mental health, substance abuse and medical care services that can be used to improve community education, prevention, care and treatment.
“This assessment represents a significant effort by many people to document information that can be used to design and implement improvements to health in West Texas,” said Dr. Luis Escobedo, DSHS regional medical director, El Paso. “The assessment report will be shared with DSHS programs, local leaders, health and social service agencies and other community groups.”
Information will be gathered through public surveys and meetings with community leaders. Anyone who lives or works in the 12 counties covered in the assessment may take the survey.
English and Spanish surveys may be completed at many public locations such as clinics, schools, post offices and stores in each county. Deadlines for gathering information for each county are: Hudspeth, Presidio, Culberson, Jeff Davis and Brewster, May 30; McCulloch, Mason, Menard, Schleicher and Kimble, June 30: Sutton, July 30; and Howard, August 15.
For information about the Regional Community Health Assessment, call (915) 834-7689. For county-specific information call: Hudspeth, (915) 834-7689; Brewster, (432) 837-3877; Jeff Davis and Presidio (Marfa), (432) 729-4275; Presidio (Presidio), (432) 229-3481; Culberson, (432) 283-2948; Howard, (432) 263-9775; McCulloch, (325) 597-0550; and Sutton, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Schleicher, (325) 387-2234.
An assessment report is scheduled to be available by Aug. 30.
(News media: For more information contact Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.)