RUMFORD — Oxford County Mental Health Services has been awarded a grant of $30,000 from the Maine Health Access Foundation to partner with local organizations to identify a major health concern in the River Valley area.

The grant affords the opportunity for community members to make their voices and concerns heard through a survey. Once River Valley residents identify a priority health concern, a plan can be created to address it and additional funding is available from MEHAF to implement such a plan and improve community health.

Professionals from OCMHS, Rumford Hospital, River Valley Internal Medicine, Swift River Family Medicine, Elsemore Dixfield Family Medicine, Oxford County Wellness Collaborative, Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice and the Greater Rumford Community Center have developed a survey that asks community members what the greatest health issue is in the River Valley region.

The survey also asks what barriers to health care access exist and seeks suggestions on how to address those barriers.

The anonymous survey takes less than five minutes to complete. The results will be reported at a community forum open to the public this fall.

Those who live in the River Valley and are older than 14 may complete the survey, which can be found at the Rumford Hospital, OCMHS, the GRCC or online at tinyurl.com/ycuckjoe.

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