Independence is continuing its efforts in learning how to make the city’s residents healthier.

Independence is continuing its efforts in learning how to make the city’s residents healthier.


The Independence Health Department and the University of Kansas Medical Center have started an extensive community health assessment, which includes a survey being mailed to more than 8,000 households to residents in all four City Council districts.


“The survey is designed to tell us what is going on in the community so we can development programs in response,” Health Department Director Larry Jones said in a release. “It will allow us to help address the real needs of the community.”


The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete either online or on paper. Participating residents also may enter into a drawing for one of four iPads that will be given away, one in each council district, in October. 


Survey participants will be asked questions about diet/nutrition, exercise, tobacco use, alcohol consumption and other health-related topics. When the data is compiled, health and service organizations will address problems raised and will develop a community health plan.


This data can be used as the Health Department and other agencies apply for grants and other funding forms. The assessment is taking place in conjunction with the Building a Healthier Independence initiative. Contact the Health Department at www.indepmo.org/health or at 816-325-7185 for more information.