The Coastal Health District and Bryan County Health Department will hold two town hall meetings next week for the purpose of gaining an understanding of the various critical health issues that residents feel are most affecting their everyday lives. The town halls will be open forums where participants will be free to ask questions, share perspectives, and learn about the activities going on in the community aimed at improving the health of its residents.
The meetings are scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the J. Dixie Harn Community Center in Pembroke and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wetlands Education Center in Richmond Hill.
The Coastal Health District has been working with leaders across the local community to develop a community health assessment. This assessment pulls together information obtained from health data sources, community surveys and interviews with community advocates in order to more fully understand what is affecting the health of Bryan County residents and the potential ways that their health can be improved. The meetings will serve as the final method by which this information regarding the community’s health will be collected.
The intent of the assessment and subsequent health improvement plan is to ensure local input is fully considered. These documents, once completed, will be made available to the public.