What is the state of health and healthcare in Macon County? Are things getting better or worse? These are just some of the questions that Healthy Carolinians of Macon County (HCMC) hope to answer in its 2011 Comprehensive Community Health Assessment designed to provide a greater understanding of the health needs of the community.
A telephone survey of more than 400 county residents is one of the tools being used to collect data for the assessment, and over the next couple of months, homes will be called at random to contact participants for the survey. As of a Feb. 23 meeting of the HCMC Community Assessment Steering Committee, 130 telephone surveys had already been completed, according to Bill Stiles of Stiles Healthcare Strategies, Inc., a healthcare consulting organization based in Chattanooga, Tenn., which is helping the committee conduct the assessment.