Honesdale, Wayne County - Have you ever wanted to have more input on what health care services are available in your community?
If you live in part of the Poconos, you're in luck.
Wayne Memorial Hospital and Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers have launched an online study to find the most critical health care needs in their community.
On the streets of downtown Honesdale, people say there are a lot of needs.
"It's very hard to find a good dentist. Dental care is what we're looking for," Eleanore Rowan of Lake Ariel said. "We have to go to Scranton or Wilkes-Barre."
Enter the online health care survey.
People who live in Wayne and Pike counties are encouraged to take part in it to help local officials figure out what services are needed.
After the closure of Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, they also want to hear from people who used that facility.
"Lots of times when you're looking for funds and programs to meet those needs, you have to have the numbers to support that," Donna Decker, manager of community health said. "That's why it's so important for people to go and fill out the survey so we have the numbers and we know exactly how they think and feel and what they feel is most important."
A similiar study was done in 2009. It led to the expansion of the Honesdale Family Health Center which is just about to open its doors.
"The world in northern Wayne County compared to the world in southern Wayne County, it's two different places," Wayne County coroner Ed Howell said. "The needs are entirely different and that's why it's so important that as people complete this survey, they're answering questions from their own standpoint."
Whether its dental services, pediatrics or mental health services, anything can be on the table.
For Wayne County coroner Ed Howell, he's interested in helping people and families dealing with the issue of suicide, which is often taboo.
He says the numbers of people committing suicide have been a drastic increase from 2011 to 2012.
"That's something that's very important to me to try and help see those numbers go down, to help to meet the needs of the families that have endured such a tragic loss," Howell said.
The survey will be active until March 31st. The completion date for the study is June 30th.
To take part in the survey, click the following link: