Health assessment under way

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

PREBLE COUNTY — Anyone in Preble County with a telephone could be asked to take part in a special survey which will help determine health needs in their community.

According to Erik Balster, Preble County Health Commissioner, officials have announced a partnership with Wright State University to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) phone survey in Preble County about community health.

The 2016-2017 CHA is a strategic planning process to determine the health needs of a community. The project began in late January, according to Balster.

The survey will run through late March, randomly calling landlines and cell phones of Preble County residents. The 15-minute phone survey will ask residents about their health so as to determine the overall need of each community.

“All calls are pressure-free and confidential, and no identifying information (social security number, name, etc.) will be requested,” Balster said in a press release. “Not all residents will receive a call, but those that do will be able to recognize the call on their caller ID as coming from Wright State University at 937- 775-7777.”

Preble County Public Health officials kindly ask for the help of the residents to complete the survey should they be called upon to do so.

“Should you have questions about the process, please contact us at 937-472-0087 or by email at,” Balster said.

To stay up to date on public health issues Preble County, residents are encouraged to check out Preble County Public Health online at on Facebook at or on Twitter at @PrebleCoHealth!

Staff at the Preble County Health Department is also available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by phone at 937-472-0087.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.