Help leaders set community health priorities at kickoff meeting

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The Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., is shown on Jan. 26, 2018. It houses the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the Visiting Nurses Association of Douglas County and other providers.

Story updated at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

The local health coalition LiveWell Douglas County will host the first planning meeting for the 2018-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan on Thursday.

Members of the public are invited to give their feedback and share ideas to help strategize and set priorities for Douglas County leaders, agencies, policymakers and volunteers over the next five years.

These strategies will focus on increasing access to nutritious food and physical activity for all county residents, which was one of four key issues identified in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s recent Community Health Assessment. The other three were behavioral health, poverty and lack of good-paying jobs, and safe and affordable housing.

The meeting — scheduled for 5:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building 21, 2120 Harper St. — is a kickoff event to a series of others to be held this summer.

Food and child care will be provided. Those in need of child care should call or email Karrey Britt at 785-865-7362 or kbritt@ldchealth.org by noon Wednesday, July 11.

For questions or more information, visit ldchealth.org or contact LiveWell Chair Jeff Severin at jrseverin@gmail.com.

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