Washington County Health Council Says Survey Results Are Alarming

By
WOUB Staff Writer

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Updated Fri, Apr 20, 2012 8:28 am

The majority of the information gathered in a survey of 800 people in Washington County is described as alarming.

DeeAnn Gehlauf, Vice President of the Community Health Council, says the county has a higher infant mortality rate, rates of abuse and child neglect than the rest of Ohio.
 
The survey provided information proving there has been a slight population decrease in the county, but the need for food assistance increased.
 
The survey noted the leading cause of death in Washington County is cancer and heart disease.
 
Gehlauf says residents aren't getting pap tests, mammograms or colonoscopies, which she says are all life saving screeings and readily available.
 
Community Health Council says they have started an action plan with six different components.
 
Surveys were conducted by the Washington County Family and Children First Council and the Community Health Council.
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