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Cowley County Residents Sought for Community Health Survey

Mar 27, 2024

$10 in Chamber Checks Awarded to Each Household

Community partners have teamed up to launch HealthCounts in Cowley County, a health and wellness survey to gain valuable insights into the health and well-being of Cowley County residents. The survey is available in English and Spanish and can be completed online.


"We believe that a healthy community is a thriving community," says survey coordinator Sarah Johnson at William Newton Hospital. "This survey is an important step in understanding the current health landscape in Cowley County. By taking time to participate, residents can play a vital role in shaping a healthier future for themselves, their families, and neighbors."

Residents are asked what would be most helpful regarding resources in Cowley County including:

  • Healthcare & Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Schools
  • Early Education & Child Care
  • Work Sites
  • K-State Research & Extension
  • Faith Communities
  • Community Resources

Survey results will be discussed in a series of eight focus groups this summer. Residents can indicate on the survey if they wish to participate. Community leaders will use the information gathered to identify the top needs to be addressed and develop a health improvement plan.

The anonymous survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. To help ensure all neighborhoods and communities within the county are represented, a separate address verification is also completed.

“Our survey is comprehensive and covers topics beyond healthcare,” says Johnson. “We know there are many things that impact the health and well-being of a community, like economic status, education, and access to resources. So, to thank residents for their time, we’re offering an incentive to each household.”

The first 5,000 households completing the survey will receive $10 in Chamber Checks to use at participating local businesses. After completing the verification form, survey completers will be given a voucher code. For Arkansas City Chamber Checks, the voucher code can be presented at the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas City Public Library, City-Cowley County Health Department-Arkansas City Office, or Dexter School (through May 16). For Winfield Chamber Checks, the code can be presented at Burden City Hall, City-Cowley County Health Department-Winfield Office, Udall Public Library, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, or Winfield Public Library.

Over $50,000 in grant funds have been awarded to Cowley County to provide the Chamber Checks incentive.

“That money gets funneled through local businesses back into our community,” emphasizes Johnson. “We don’t want to leave money on the table, but beyond that, we want residents to know their voice matters.”

HealthCounts in Cowley County is made possible through collaboration and funding from the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, City-Cowley County Health Department, Community Health Center in Cowley County, Four County Mental Health, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Kansas Health Foundation, K-State Research & Extension – Cowley County, KU School of Medicine – Wichita, Legacy Regional Community Foundation, RISE Cowley, SCK Health, William Newton Hospital, William Newton Healthcare Foundation, and Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the online survey, paper surveys can be administered by trained volunteers. Chamber Checks are then awarded immediately in person. To schedule volunteers to come to an event, meeting, or job site, please contact Sarah Johnson at William Newton Hospital at 620-222-6262.


Posted in Beats Go On , Foundation , In The News on Mar 27, 2024