Series of focus groups to address health issues in Boone County

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Seats remain available at a series of focus groups designed for residents to voice opinions about health issues in Boone County.

The focus groups, hosted by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, are part of an update to the department’s Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.

Meeting Schedule

First Ward City of Columbia: Wednesday, July 17 at Central Missouri Community Action Center, 800 N. Providence Road

Second Ward City of Columbia: Thursday, July 11 at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive

Third Ward City of Columbia: Tuesday, July 9 at Woodhaven, 1405 Hathman Place

Fourth Ward City of Columbia: Thursday, July 11 at Columbia Public Library, 100 West Broadway

Fifth Ward City of Columbia: Thursday, June 27 at First State Community Bank, 300 Diego Drive

Sixth Ward City of Columbia: Wednesday, July 10 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 2615 Shepard Blvd.

Northern Boone County: Monday, July 15 at Bob Lemone Building, Hallsville Fairgrounds, 500 Route OO in Hallsville

Southern Boone County: Wednesday, June 26. Attendance is full for this event.

“We believe the best way to identify and improve health issues in our community is with input from community members,” said Stephanie Browning, Public Health and Human Services director, in a news release. “By attending a focus group, residents have the opportunity to help shape what a healthy Boone County looks like.”

Residents are invited to sign up for one of eight meetings, based on place of residence. Attendance is limited to the first 12 people to sign up in each area, according to the release.

Focus groups begin with a meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by a meeting and discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Child care will be provided, according to the release.

Those interested should contact Michelle Riefe by phone at 874-6331 or email Those unable to attend but wishing to share their opinions are invited to complete the online community health survey before June 30.

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese

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