Respondents Sought for Health Assessment

Paul Riemerman
Staff Writer

Theresa Will, director of City-County Health, hopes more people respond to a community Health Assessment the health district and CHI Mercy Health are working on.

According to Will, the idea behind the survey is to “ help us determine the healthcare needs in Barnes County.”

On Monday, Will wrote the Times-Record editor, saying, “in a final effort to get as many responses as possible, I am sending this note to some of the people who I have in my personal/work address book to ask that if you haven’t already completed the assessment, that you please take 10 minutes and fill it out.”

Said Will, “Unfortunately, our response thus far (with one week remaining) hasn’t been overwhelming, so we are working hard to get additional responses, representing the Barnes County resident’s thoughts.”

In late October, Tiffany Knauff of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences said she was conducting a Barnes County Community Health Survey under contract from CHI Mercy Health and the City-Health District.

Knauf said the Internal Revenue Service requires Mercy to conduct an assessment every three years, which measures community health needs, strengths, perceptions and attitudes about the health of the community and suggestions for improvements.“City-County Health District and the hospital are working together on meeting needs,” Knauf said.

Friday (today) is the last day to submit the survey.

“The survey went live online Monday, and is available until Nov. 20."

Knauf said the survey is available online at, hard copies are available at both the hospital and CCHD.

Knauf said completed surveys can be returned either to the hospital or CCHD, or both will provide self-addressed stamped envelopes to return completed surveys in.

Purposes of the survey include learning more about how local health services are used by responders and other residents.

Surveys will be tabulated by the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Responses are anonymous, and responders may skip any question they do not want to answer. Answers will be combined with other responses and reported only in total.