Preliminary Health Assessment Survey Data Released for Public Input

Patrons that completed the 2016 Community Health Survey recently gave their input regarding a variety of health issues in the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) health district. This year, nearly 1,500 people completed the survey, which represents a 30% increase from the total responding in 2013.
Following are a few of the findings in a preliminary report released today by the health department, the organization that administers the survey, in collaboration with Oakland Mercy Hospital, St. Francis Memorial Hospital and Faith Regional Health Services:


  • On average, 67 percent state that in the last year, someone in their home had a mental health or emotional problem that affected their ability to do daily activities
  • 74 percent of people reported a need to lose weight
  • 137 out of 597 parents reported that their children “rarely or never” wear protective equipment (such as a helmet) when riding a bike, scooter, skateboard, inline skates, etc.
  • 84 percent of tobacco/nicotine users reported that they would like to quit


A detailed report of preliminary findings from the survey is available at The public is invited to give their input regarding this data between now and April 5, 2016. Concerns or comments can be submitted by email or phone to: or 402.529.2233.


In addition, the public is invited to participate in either of two community focus groups coming in April. The focus group for the Burt and Cuming county communities will take place Wednesday, April 13th from 10:00 AM—3:00 PM in the Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave. West Point, NE. Focus group for the Madison and Stanton county communities will take place Wednesday, April 14th from 10:00 AM—3:00 PM in the Ponca Tribe Transit Facility, 1800 Syracuse Ave. Norfolk, NE. Lunch will be provided for both focus groups. Please register for either event by email at: or by calling 402.529.2233

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