VDH to assess health concerns, promote health improvement

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia Department of Health needs to assess the health needs of the Commonwealth's residents, specifically of certain groups.

Those groups include women between the ages of 15 and 44, men of any age, pregnant women, new mothers and parents.

The department is tasked with assessing these needs every five years.

This summer, there will also be six regional opportunities to volunteer to be a part of a focus group or to do a private, personal interview to discuss health issues in the community.

The goal is to learn about emerging health concerns, ensure that public health programs gain insight to the best way to use funding, and to use the data received to promote health improvement using policy and technology.

Registration for the focus groups will be conducted at the local level, but people interested in volunteering should send an email to Maya Ravindran at maya.ravindran@vdh.virginia.gov.

The first focus groups will take place May 9 in South Hill. Other groups will be held in Roanoke, Accomack, Alexandria, Marion or Bristol, and Winchester.

Focus group participants will be provided refreshments, and those who participate in the focus groups and personal interview will be offered a $25 gift card.

People in the demographic groups mentioned above who wish to participate in a personal interview can register online by clicking on the link in the Related Links box.

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