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Meeting will address Ontario County health priorities

On the heels of a recently completed community health assessment, the Ontario County Health Collaborative is holding a public meeting to choose health priorities for the next three years.

The meeting will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the public health building, 3019 County Complex Drive in Hopewell. Members of the public and stakeholders are encourage to attend.

Mary Beer, the county’s director of public health, said participants will use prioritization techniques called the Hanlon and PEARL methods to decide which of the county’s highest-ranked health needs should be addressed by the collaborative, which includes public health, Ontario County hospitals and community partners.

“Community member and stakeholder input are very important to this process,” Beer said.

Once the priority areas are identified, the collaborative will create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The plan uses evidence-based health promotion initiatives, with the sole purpose of improving the health of the community.

Those who want to attend the meeting can share insights about health priorities in the county, and a light breakfast will be provided. People can RSVP to Kimberly Ferguson at [email protected] or call (585) 396-4343.

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