Community health priorities selected

NEWPORT — The wait is over. In early 2019, Lincoln County Public Health held listening sessions and distributed a survey throughout the county to learn what the community saw as health priorities. This information will help the agency to create a Community Health Improvement Plan, a community-led document that will guide the work of the health department and community partners for the next five years.

From this process, health officials learned a lot about what is impacting the health of Lincoln County residents. The following three priorities emerged:

  • Healthy Lifestyles — this priority focuses on nutrition/food access, physical activity, smoking and people’s ability to achieve a healthy lifestyle that works for them;
  • Mental Health Promotion and Community Resilience — this priority focuses on the communities’ ability to encourage good mental health and support people experiencing poor mental health;
  • Substance Abuse Prevention — this priority focuses on the prevention of substance misuse and abuse, as well as support for people living with substance use disorders.

Lincoln County Public Health officials said they are excited to focus their work on these priority areas. As a next step in the process, they will be forming community workgroups for each priority area. These groups will:

  • Identify opportunities to improve health;
  • Select goals, strategies and activities to guide this work;
  • Support the work by meeting regularly to share knowledge, align activities and overcome challenges.

Anyone who lives, works or learns in Lincoln County is welcome to participate in these workgroups. If you are interested in getting involved, go online at and fill out a short survey by Friday, Aug. 9.

For more information, contact Faire Holliday at [email protected] 

— Lincoln County Health and Human Services


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