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ST. HELENS — Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CPCCO), along with other Columbia County community agencies and organizations, wants to know how area residents would build healthier communities.

A communitywide survey will be used to create a community health needs assessment for use  by social service agencies; educators; public health officials; medical, mental health and dental providers; hospitals; and first responders. CPCCO serves Medicaid members in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties, and the Reedsport area of Douglas County. The CPCCO and the Columbia Pacific Community Advisory Council are supporting the survey process and will collaborate with community providers to create a community health improvement plan for its entire service area.

The community health assessment survey, in both English and Spanish, is available online (http://ow.ly/pb0SP) and at many locations in Columbia County, including the County Health Department, Columbia County Mental Health, Community Action Team and the Jordan Center.

Through the community health needs assessment, everyone’s voice will help decide what is needed to make Columbia County communities the healthiest places to live, work and play.

“We want to involve as many people in the community as we can,” said Nancy Knopf, CPCCO Community Advisory Council coordinator.

Established in September 2012, CPCCO coordinates health services for more than 15,000 Oregon Health Plan members. For more information or to see the results of the survey after its completion Oct. 15, go to colpachhealth.org.

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