NEENAH, Wis. – With a mission of improving community health, ThedaCare is dedicated to understanding each person’s unique medical background and goals, as well as social factors. As a commitment to that mission, ThedaCare has launched a survey to understand overall health and well-being, particularly as it relates to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“ThedaCare is committed to empowering our patients and communities with programs and services to improve their health and well-being,” said Mark Cockley, MD, ThedaCare Chief Clinical Officer and President of the Clinically Integrated Network. “To help develop those resources, we want to hear from community members to truly understand the needs in our area, develop solutions and inspire action that leads to better health.”
Through the survey, individuals are encouraged to share how they’re personally feeling now, and to look ahead to the next five years, related to physical, mental and financial health, as well as social and emotional support and life purpose and fulfillment. Feedback about overall community well-being also will be sought.
“This well-being survey is another way we are committed to Population Health,” said Dr. Cockley. “ThedaCare wants to be a partner in health by understanding each person’s needs, which allows us to be proactive in their care, to predict and prevent disease before complications arise.”
The survey is open to all community members living or working in the counties of Calumet, Green Lake, Marquette, Menominee, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. The survey can be accessed at thedacaresurvey.com, and is open until May 14, 2021.
The same survey is being administered at this time through Imagine Fox Cities, a tri-county vision initiative, to capture data from throughout the region.
According to Paula Morgen, ThedaCare’s Director of Community Health Improvement, a few simple questions can provide a fairly comprehensive assessment of a person’s overall well-being.
“Studies show that peoples’ perceptions of their health status are really quite accurate,” said Morgen. “This survey will help us understand the different segments of populations in our region so we can focus our community health efforts where we can make the greatest difference.”
A summary of the findings will be available through ThedaCare’s 2021 Community Benefit Report and shared with community health partners so we can work to improve health together.
“We understand the past year has reshaped nearly every person’s life, especially minority members of the communities we serve,” said Morgen. “ThedaCare is determined to hear thoughts and concerns, and share the results with the community. We want to work together to find helpful solutions and proactively prepare for the future.”
The survey takes about five minutes to complete, and individual responses will be kept confidential. Results will be available late this summer.