Be Healthy Now Hancock County began its survey of Hancock County residents as part of a community health assessment process this week.

The agency is working closely with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and researchers at the University of Toledo to conduct the survey. Over the next two months, over 3,000 Hancock County residents will be randomly selected to participate in surveys divided into two age groups, including parents of children under 11 years old and adults 19 and older.

The anonymous survey asks participants to answer questions about general health, risk and protective health factors, and access to health care. These answers will create a snapshot of the overall health of Hancock County.

Residents who are randomly selected are urged to complete and return the survey, as its results will guide many public and private agencies in their program planning over the next several years by identifying key health problems.

The final community health assessment report will be published in spring 2019.

Be Healthy Now Hancock County is composed of many public and private agencies making up the public health system. Partners include: Hancock Public Health, Blanchard Valley Health System, United Way of Hancock County, The Community Foundation, Hancock County ADAMHS Board, Findlay City Schools, Hancock County Schools and Educational Service Center, HHWP Community Action Commission, Hancock County Family and Children First Council, Findlay YMCA, The Ohio State University Extension Office, 50 North and the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation.