Local organizations are taking steps to better meet the needs of the community.
Last year during the county fair, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department began taking surveys about health issues in our community.
Those results were then reviewed by the Healthier Muskingum County Network, which consists of around 50 local organizations.
Thursday, members of those organizations met to vote on what they felt were the most important items.
Community health planner, Jody Stones said she was surprised at the honesty of those who took the survey.
"We’ve definitely confirmed that we’re Appalachian," said Stones. "This is an Appalachian community, and there’s certain mindsets of how to operate. So you want to understand that and design health interventions that attack it, so it fits the community."
Questions on the survey ranged from social habits to healthcare issues.
Despite the high number of responses Stones said additional help from the community is still needed.
"We need community members. We have a lot of organizations engaged, but we actually need just more residents that live and work here to come to the table," added Stones.
The Healthier Muskingum County Network will look over the results of the voting in order to draw up plans of action that can be implemented by the beginning of fall.