published Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Rhea County leaders assess area’s service needs

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    Christine Ralph, Executive Director for the Community Needs Assessment Team and the Rhea County United Way
    Photo by Kimberly McMillian

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County’s service leaders plan to gain a better perspective on the area’s most-pressing needs after asking residents to fill out questionnaires on the matter.

Christine Ralph, executive director of the the Rhea County United Way’s Community Needs Assessment Team, said she wanted the questionnaires to help leaders “prioritize the needs.”

Residents can log onto to complete the online questionnaire or pick up a copy at the health department in Evensville, at the Spring City and Dayton chambers of commerce, and all three county libraries. They are asked to submit completed questionnaires by April 1.

Questions asked involve residents’ knowledge or opinions on the county’s available educational programs for children, financial assistance, mental health and counseling services, medical providers and screenings, and veterans and senior programs.

Rodney Fitzgerald and David Watts, consultants from Bradley County, shared how their county’s service leaders had used the results of their survey as a guide.

Fitzgerald said the surveys would reveal the “perception of Rhea County residents as to the level of needs being met.”

Ralph said she hoped that each service entity represented would use the survey findings to help it meet people’s needs.

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