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Wichita area residents believe that health insurance is the top concern for their households.  That’s according to a Community Needs Assessment survey that was conducted in November and December of last year.

The survey was conducted by the United Way of the Plains, working with Ascension Via Christi and the Sedgwick County Division of Health.  It asked residents in Sedgwick County and surrounding counties for input on social and health needs.

More than 20 percent of the people responding to the survey identified the top issues for their households or neighborhoods:

  • Health insurance
  • Preparing young people for the workforce
  • Juvenile delinquency/gang prevention
  • Bullying
  • Basic medical care

The survey looked at data on demographics, education, economic issues, crime, housing, life cycle and health care for Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Reno and Sumner counties.   There was also a random sample of residential households in Sedgwick and Butler counties, in addition to a survey of business and government leaders and executives with social service agencies.