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Survey could influence future programming and serviceimprovements for county residents

The Yamhill County Care Organization is asking residents to take a survey to get a better grasp on the health needs of those who live in the county.

According to a press release from the YCCO, the survey is a chance for residents to have a "direct impact" on programming and services offered and is part of a larger community health assessment to improve the quality of life for county residents.

"We hope to identify how geography, gender and income affect health in our community through this Community Health Assessment, as well as uncover any racial, ethnic and linguistic disparities," Seamus McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of YCCO, said. "With this information we can make more informed decisions regarding programs and services that are most needed in the community."

The survey includes a variety of questions, ranging from health coverage, community needs, health care use, environment and social factors, children and families.

The results of the survey will factor into the community health assessment and will guide and inform the improvement plan to finance wellness programs for county residents.

All county residents are being asked to participate in the survey; those that do will be entered to win a $75 gift card from a drawing. The survey is available online at bit.ly/healthyyamhill. For more information or to receive printed copies of the survey to distribute, email Emily Johnson, YCCO Community Health Improvement and Advisory Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 503-376-7428, ext. 1428. To attend a forum, sign up at bit.ly/yamhillforum.

The YCCO is a coordinated care organization that serves Oregon Health Plan members in Yamhill County as well as residents throughout parts of Clackamas, Washington, Pol, Marion and Tillamook counties.

YCCO's employees provide "coordinated care services for physical, dental and behavioral health out of their office in McMinnville," according to the release. "The team is dedicated to improving their members' quality of life by coordinating family support services and effective, integrated, patient-centered care."

Part of the reason the YCCO is conducting the survey is because Oregon is the sixth fasting growing state in the nation, according to the 2016 Census Bureau data. More than three-fourths of that growth came from people moving into the state. The YCCO wanted to account for changes in health care programs and services to meet patient needs.

"This survey allows community members to have a direct impact on programs and services offered and is part of a larger Community Health Assessment by YCCO in 2019 to improve the quality of life of residents," the press release said.

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