Public Invited to Help Determine Health Priorities for the Fredericksburg Area | Local News
Members of the public are invited to review the results of the recent Community Health Assessment and suggest future priorities.
A session is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on April 5 in the theater room of the Rappahannock Central Regional Library at 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. This is the first meeting to work on the 2022 Community Health Improvement Plan which will build on information from the recent assessment.
The event is hosted by the Rappahannock Area Health District and Mary Washington Healthcare, who jointly sponsored the assessment for the first time this year. The meeting is open to the public as well as to representatives of the groups that participated in the assessment. Lunch will be provided and those planning to attend are asked to register at forms.gle/WAwDMEz52fapW7Ag7.
The evaluation included the results of a survey of nearly 2,000 residents and feedback from more than 70 community organizations in the Fredericksburg area. Nearly 99% of responses came from the local health district, which includes Fredericksburg and counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.
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More than half of participants ranked mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress and suicide, as the most important health issue facing the region. Second on the list was COVID-19, followed by alcohol, drug and opiate abuse.
Those who responded to a survey were also asked to name the top three ways to improve the quality of life in the region. More mental health services ranked second, after more affordable housing and ahead of good jobs and a healthy economy.
At the April 5 meeting, participants can take part in the interactive process of selecting the top 3 issues “we will act on as a community,” according to RAHD. Local health officials decided to hold the meeting in person because Fredericksburg and surrounding counties are experiencing low levels of COVID-19, according to state data.
More details on the 2022 Community Health Assessment can be found in the report, available at vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock. Comments on the report are accepted until April 3.
Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425