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News Release
November 27, 2007

The Freestone County Community Health Needs Assessment has been completed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and several community health partners.

DSHS will present the results at two meetings scheduled in Fairfield. A presentation to the Commissioners Court will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 in the Freestone County Courthouse, 118 E. Commerce St. in Fairfield.

A presentation to the community, including a free meal provided by Texas Cooperative Extension, Freestone County, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Round Prairie Baptist Church Family Life Center, 932 E. Main in Fairfield. Call the Freestone County Extension Office at (903) 389-3436 to register for this meeting.

The assessment gathered information about public health, mental health, substance abuse and medical care from 575 people who completed surveys in Freestone County.

“Findings from the Freestone County Community Needs Assessment will provide important information that can be used to improve the community health of Freestone County,” said Dr. Paul McGaha, acting regional medical director for DSHS Region 7.

Anyone who needs language translation, interpretation services or special accommodations to attend the presentations should contact JoLeen Eiklenborg at (254) 778-6744 or joleen.eiklenborg@dshs.state.tx.us at least 72 hours before the presentation.

More information on the assessment is available at www.dshs.state.tx.us/freestone.

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(News media: For more information contact Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.)

Last updated February 07, 2011