August 4, 2008

Survey to Evaluate Quality of Life in Area

By Karen Shideler, The Wichita Eagle, Kan.

Aug. 4--If Sedgwick County residents want a better quality of life, says Sonja Armbruster, the question is: "Better than what?"

It's a question that the Sedgwick County Health Department hopes to begin to answer with a quality-of-life survey that's being launched today.

Armbruster, community health assessment coordinator, said the survey is part of a national movement to assess communities "so we can better measure quality of life, and perceptions of quality of life, because what gets measured gets done."

The 19-question survey asks participants to agree or disagree with statements such as "This community is a good place to raise children" and "There is an active sense of civic responsibility and engagement." It also asks participants to rank, from lists, the most important factors for a "healthy community" and the three biggest health problems.

The survey can be found online attached to this story or at the county's Web site,

Armbruster also will visit groups such as neighborhood associations or community groups to distribute and collect paper copies of the surveys. To make arrangements, call her at 316-660-7335.

Survey responses will be collected through August.

Armbruster said the survey results will be used by the Health Department and by groups it works with, such as the Health and Wellness Coalition, to set priorities.

Reach Karen Shideler at 316-268-6674 or [email protected]


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