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For Immediate Release
(Chardon, Ohio) June 8, 2005

Contact: Kimm Leininger, 440.285.2261 ext. 222

Impact Project Seeks to Collect Geauga County Data from Local Residents

In an effort to ensure that the health and human services system in Geauga County is meeting the needs of Geauga residents, local leaders have initiated a strategy called the Geauga County Community Impact Project (GCCIP). It is the goal of the GCCIP to not only gather information about the services needed in Geauga County, but to also develop a vision and plan for the future that will lead to specific actions and measurable results. The project is being led by William Conway, chairman of the board of Fairmount Minerals, LTD. “Geauga County is changing and we must determine the health and human service needs of our community to ensure we can address them effectively,” Conway said.

The GCCIP has already completed an inventory of key community assets, which included surveying local associations, labor groups, service providers, and businesses. The group has recently begun collecting community data through a key informant survey and the review of census and other available data. The final step in data collection will begin next week with a household survey. Approximately 2,000 households will be randomly selected from throughout the county to receive this survey. The random selection process also ensures that each township and village will have proportionate representation in this survey process. Once the data collection process is completed, the group plans to develop a summary of findings and hold a Citizens Convention in Spring 2005 to develop a vision for Health and Human Services in Geauga County.

“We hope that every household that receives this survey will understand the critical importance of their input and that they will make it a priority to complete the survey and return it within the specified timeframe,” said Kimm Leininger, Executive Director of United Way Services of Geauga County and Project Director of GCCIP. “Funding for health and human service programs continues to decrease, at both a state and federal level. This project is vital to the future planning and development of a systematic approach to prioritizing and funding local programs that are making a difference in the lives our neighbors and friends,” according to Leininger.

The GCCIP is a collaborative initiative with The Cleveland Foundation’s Lake-Geauga Fund, Geauga County Department on Aging, Geauga County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services, Geauga Family First Council and United Way Services of Geauga County.

For additional information, please contact Kimm Leininger at 440-285-2261.

 

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