An online public survey is part of an evaluation of Waikato District Health Board’s community health forums.
The evaluation reflects the DHB’s commitment to consulting, communicating and informing the communities it serves.
Evaluation team members have attended each of the July round of community forums, and members of the forum were also invited to attend two focus groups. Last week an online survey designed to gather feedback from communities was launched. The survey is open until 12 noon Friday 28 August.
The survey is open to all residents living within the Waikato DHB’s district, and those who complete the survey go in the draw to win a $100 supermarket voucher.
Since their inception 14 years ago, community health forums have provided a vital component of the Waikato District Health Board’s strategy of reaching out to a diverse population across its widespread geographical area.
The forums run three times a calendar year and are an opportunity for local residents to raise concerns, provide feedback and get updates about matters that are important to their community. They cover the Thames/Coromandel/Hauraki, Hamilton city, Matamata/Piako, Waitomo/Otorohanga, South Waikato and Ruapehu districts.
“Community Health forums are a vital part of finding out what’s important to our communities” said Paul Keesing, senior manager Planning, Waikato District Health Board. “The evaluation is one way to look at how we can keep improving that process.”
The evaluation is being conducted by psychology students from the University of Waikato as part of a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology.
“We approached the university to see if it could help evaluate the forums – we want to explore if the forums are keeping communities involved and informed about activities and issues and to see if they are reaching their target group.
“It also is an opportunity to support and foster closer links with the university and contribute to the learning and development of possible future research professionals,” Keesing said.