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Tell us what you really think: when it comes to improving local health care, your voice matters

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Through a partnership with Atomic Research in Green Bay, the Midwest Healthcare Insights Community has designed very brief surveys—
five questions or fewer—to give you the opportunity to be heard on issues about which you feel strongly.

“Gathering information about health care directly from community members is valuable,” says Michele Paquette, Communications and Marketing Specialist at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “These surveys help us determine what’s important to you and your family as we consider developing new programs and services.”

If you choose to participate, you are not obligated to complete each survey—rather, it is a chance to speak up only about the services and topics that matter most to you. “Use your experience and voice to share what you feel we need,” Paquette says. “This is an opportunity to help create a healthier community.”

To join, visit midwestinsights.com and complete a short registration survey.

WHY PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE LOCAL HEALTH SURVEYS

HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals’ colleagues constantly strive to provide the best care in a way that makes sense to each patient—those within the hospital walls, as well as those who have yet to walk through the doors. Administration wants to know what matters to you when it comes to your health. Health care partners in the community strive to learn which health issues are of the most concern to you.

Julie Manas, President and CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Division President of HSHS Western Wisconsin Division, said programs that truly help the community come from conversations outside of a hospital’s walls.

“We can’t serve our community in every aspect if we don’t know the full scope of its needs,” Manas says. “Learning the Chippewa Valley’s top needs with
the help of a quick survey helps us align our health goals to accommodate your needs.”

Manas says getting the community involved in its individual and collective health by reviewing survey responses helps everyone. It drives community initiatives at hospitals and at the public-health-department level. “If people are passionate about the status of mental health care, tobacco use, food insecurities, or any other health-related topic, local surveys are the best way to assure your voice will be heard,” Manas says. “This way, we don’t assume the priorities. We know what they are because we have data to back it up.”

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