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IU Health surveys residents to identify their communities’ greatest health needs.

An IU Health Blackford Hospital Release

Public survey to determine priorities for future community health outreach initiatives.

Hartford City— Indiana University Health is reaching out to residents in the cities and counties it serves to get their views on the most important health needs in their communities.  Resident responses to an IU Health online survey will be used to help the state’s largest healthcare system determine community benefit strategies for the years 2016-2018.

IU Health’s outreach programming and investments, including those at Harford City’s IU Health Blackford Hospital, are guided by input from the public about the most important health needs in their communities.  Community members are asked to provide their input through an online survey at

“As a non-profit healthcare provider in this community, it is important that we provide programming based on the needs of the community,” said Steven West, president and CEO, IU Health Blackford Hospital. “The survey helps us identify health needs that the community believes are significant and deserving of attention.”

After IU Health communities highlighted the need to tackle childhood obesity, a unique program was developed for the after-school latchkey programs at Harford City’s Northside and Southside Elementary Schools. “Active After School” engages children in activities that reinforce the importance of physical activity and healthy eating habits. The sessions are conducted by the Blackford County YMCA with support from IU Health Blackford Hospital.

To take the online survey or learn more about how IU Health is working to address the needs of local communities, please go to

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