Bay Aging is conducting a Community Needs Assessment and we invite you to participate by answering the questions below. Your opinion is important! Your confidential responses about the quality of life in your community will help us develop a strategic plan to distribute resources and address problem areas. This survey will be available until December 15, 2021. Five randomly chosen survey respondents will receive $50 Walmart gift cards! Questions? Call us at 804-758-2386.

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* 1. What county do you live in?

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* 2. How do you usually get information about your community and community events? (check all that apply)

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* 3. I am satisfied with:

  AGREE NOT SURE DISAGREE
Economic opportunities available here
Health care services here
Housing options available here
Local schools
Networks of support for people in need/crisis
Public transportation here
Quality of life here
Raising children here
Retiring here

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* 4. Choose the THREE MOST IMPORTANT factors that you believe contribute to high quality of life in your community with number 1 being the most important to you. (choose your top 3 choices)

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Affordable housing
Arts and cultural events
Availability of health care services
Clean, healthy environment
Good place to raise children
Good schools
Jobs with adequate wages
Long-term services and supports (assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, etc.) for people who are aging, chronically ill or functionally limited
Low crime/safe neighborhoods
Parks and wellness/exercise options
Public transportation
Reliable internet/Wi-Fi service

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* 5. What do you believe are the top THREE health needs in your community, with number 1 being the highest need. (choose your top 3 choices)

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Access to healthy food options
Affordable health services
Children’s health services
Dental care options
Facilities for physical activities/exercise and health education
Health care assistance for seniors
Health care assistance for veterans
Health care options for uninsured/underinsured people
Increased number of providers
Mental/behavioral health services
Specialty care (advanced care and treatment by a specialist)
Substance abuse prevention and treatment services
Telehealth services
Transportation to access health services

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* 6. In your opinion, where are the service gaps in mental/behavioral health services in your community? Choose your top THREE with number 1 being the largest gap. (choose your top 3 choices)

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Adequate number of providers
Affordable mental/behavioral health services
Awareness, education and prevention
Resources to find services
Specialty care (advanced care and treatment by a specialist)
Substance abuse prevention and treatment
Transportation to access services

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* 7. Where is the one place you go most often when you are sick? (choose one)

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* 8. What are the top THREE social issues of most concern to you in your community, with number 1 as your greatest concern. (choose your top 3 choices)

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Child abuse
Climate/environment
Crime (property crime, violent crime)
Cyber crime (scams, phishing, ID theft, etc.)
Domestic violence
Drug or alcohol abuse
Elder abuse
Food insecurity
Homelessness
Manufacturing/selling drugs
Poverty
Systemic racism

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* 9. What social issues do you believe are not being adequately addressed in your community? Choose your top THREE with number 1 as the biggest gap in your community. (choose your top 3 choices)

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Access to GED classes and adult education
Affordable child care
Affordable housing
Availability of mental/behavioral health services
Availability of transportation
Better enforcement of laws
Employment opportunities and job training
Housing options for people/families facing homelessness
Literacy and English as a second language classes
Options for arts and entertainment
Services for domestic violence survivors and their families
Services for older adults
Services for veterans
Substance abuse prevention and treatment

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* 10. In your opinion, how well does your community generally meet the needs of children and youth? Choose the one best response for each.

  EXCELLENT GOOD FAIR POOR DON'T KNOW
Access to affordable child care
Access to dental services
Access to health care services
Access to mental/behavioral health services
College and career preparation
Employment opportunities for teens
Needs of children with disabilities
Parent support and training
Quality education
Recreational and physical exercise opportunities
Violence and bullying prevention
Volunteer opportunities for teens

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* 11. What do you believe are the top THREE unmet needs for children and youth in your community, with number 1 being the largest need in your community for this age group. (choose your top 3 choices)

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Access to computers and technology, including internet
Access to higher education and vocational training
After school programs
Appropriate services for youth with physical and developmental disabilities
Bullying/relationship violence prevention and education
Cultural enrichment opportunities
Employment opportunities for teens
Financial skills training
Food security
Mentoring and tutoring options
Obesity prevention
Quality education
Recreational and physical activities
Substance abuse prevention and treatment
Youth centers

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* 12. Where in your community do you believe gaps exist in ensuring older adults can age in place? Choose your top THREE with number 1 being what you consider the largest gap in service in your community for older adults.(choose your top 3 choices)

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Access to healthy meals
Adult day care
Affordable home health care options including personal care, chore services, pharmacy pick-ups, chronic condition care management
Affordable housing
Assisted living options
Caregiver support and respite services
Education about insurance and health benefits
Housing repairs/modifications for seniors to live in safe housing conditions
Long-term services and supports (assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, etc.)
Mental/behavioral health services including substance abuse counseling
Transportation

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* 13. What are your community’s greatest needs with regard to housing? Choose your top THREE with number 1 being the most important. (choose your top 3 choices)

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Affordable housing for older adults
Affordable workforce housing
Assistance with property repair/maintenance
Code enforcement for removing dilapidated houses
Education about financing options for homeownership
Higher quality rentals
Housing assistance for low-income families
Housing options for people/families experiencing homelessness
Programs that ensure homes have running water and indoor plumbing
Rehabilitation/reconstruction of vacant homes
Weatherization of homes

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* 14. Do issues with transportation regularly prevent you from doing what you need or want to do?

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