Human Services Needs Assessment Underway

January 31, 2012

Questionnaires Sent to Mifflin and Juniata County Residents

The Mifflin Juniata Human Services Department, in cooperation with the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata and the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, is conducting a Needs Assessment in order to identify gaps in human services. An essential part of the process is a questionnaire that is being mailed to 3,000 residents in Mifflin and Juniata counties.

“If you are part of this random sample group, please take the time to complete the questionnaire,” said Allison Fisher, Mifflin Juniata Department of Human Services Director. “Your responses and opinions will help to guide us in our efforts to determine the key issues and concerns facing human services in our local communities.”

Data from the questionnaire, along with information from many other sources such as focus groups, interviews, and asset mapping, will be used to develop a published report that will be made available to the public. The final report will be used for the following:

•Developing and implementing program plans to address key human service issues

•Promoting collaboration and partnerships within the community

•Writing grants

•Educating different groups about emerging issues and community priorities

•Supporting community advocacy and policy development

•Establishing a reference point for measuring effectiveness of programs and progress over time

•Supporting community-based strategic planning and determining where funding is allocated

The Needs Assessment Committee includes: Allison Fisher, Mifflin Juniata Department of Human Services Director; Marie Mulvihill, United Way of Mifflin Juniata Executive Director; Phyllis Mitchell, Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital VP of Marketing & Community Affairs; Walt Whitmer, Penn State Senior Extension Associate; and Neal Fogle, Penn State Extension Educator.

For more information, contact Allison Fisher at (717) 242-5452.