Striving for a healthy Owen County

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By Molly Haines

Three Rivers District Health Department and Home Health Agency stay busy throughout the year working on various projects to keep residents of Owen County healthy. Their two most recent ventures are a survey that addresses the health and wellness of Owen County residents and a program called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP).

The survey addresses citizens’ personal safety and the three most risky health issues facing the county. It will also ask for specifics such as age, sex, how individuals pay for health care, etc. It will be important for citizens to complete this survey because it will identify different health problems within the county and provide the agencies with more accurate data.

Each person who completes the survey will be eligible for a $50 drawing.

MAPP is another effort by Three Rivers to improve the countians’ health. The process helps different communities prioritize public health issues and identify resources for addressing them.

MAPP is based on a “community roadmap to health,” which starts with a vision and makes several stops along the way which eventually leads to a healthier community.

The MAPP process is funded in part by a $43,000 grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

“I’m very excited about finding health issues to work with and the future funding for them,” says Three Rivers employee, Melody Stafford. It’s wonderful to be involved in these proactive projects to improve the healt of Owen County residents.