Rodneya Ross

Health Department releases Community Improvement Plan

by Rodneya Ross on September 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department shares results from a survey of residents on how to better serve the community. Now the Department is asking for residents to offer feedback on the plan they have come up with.

Last year, the department gave residents an opportunity to share key factors in the community that they believe impacts the quality of life. Using the data collected they came up with four main priorities to focus on. One priority is food and security in the community.

“We’re looking at schools, at schools breakfast and lunch programs, and to make sure kids are getting all the nutritional assistance they need to be able to succeed in school,” says Diana Zaato an Epidemiologist. “We’re also looking at food and security at food pantries trying to get people more local produce to be able to supplement the canned, boxed – you know-  pre-processed foods they’re eating.”

Now the department needs the community to view the plan and share their thoughts. They also want to encourage residents to get involved with the program.

“We’re really looking forward to different local groups and individuals to come and join us and be a part of this. It should be an interesting three years and we really hope to have as many people as possible involved.”

The plan can be viewed on the Zanesville Muskingum County Health website and residents can call or email their comments.